A police inspector was suspended on Monday, a day after he drove an SUV under the influence of alcohol and rammed two vehicles in the process.
While the Traffic Investigation Wing has registered only a case of negligent driving against inspector Sundaresan, police sources said the officer was also drunk at the time of the accident.
Around 11.54 pm on Sunday, Sundaresan, attached to the Ukkadam (crime) station, was heading to his residence at Ganapathy when his vehicle ran amok on the Textool Bridge and rammed a lorry and subsequently, a car.
A senior police officer said, “We were unable to conduct the blood test on the accused immediately after the accident.
As the time has passed, we are now not in a position to ascertain whether he was actually drunk.”
Sources said Sundaresan first rammed the lorry and was trying to flee the spot when his SUV collided against another vehicle.
The mishap disrupted traffic on the busy stretch for nearly an hour. After the incident came to light, city police commissioner A K Viswanathan ordered an inquiry. As the inquiry found that the inspector drove the vehicle in a rash manner, he was suspended from duty.