Man sentenced to 3 years for driving under influence in video that went viral

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Oct 2022

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced a 47-year-old man, an employee at an Egyptian university, to three years in prison for reckless driving on Suez Road while under the influence of narcotics.

Still image from a video that went viral on social media showing a motorist driving on Suez highway with the left front door open

The verdict comes two weeks after a video showing the motorist swerving wildly on a highway went viral on social media.

In its ruling on Sunday, the court also imposed a fine of EGP 50,000 and revoked the man’s driver’s license, an official statement read.

The ruling is not final and can be appealed.

The motorist can be seen in the video with the drivers’ side door open and his leg hanging out of the door as he swerves between lanes and cuts off other drivers.

The driver’s car was rammed by a trailer truck in a failed attempt to stop him, before he was stopped by other motorists down the road a few minutes later. The man was then pulled out of his car and beaten by a group of bystanders.

According to a statement by the Public Prosecution late in September, the man was arrested with alcohol and narcotics in his possession, and also tested positive for drugs according to a medical report issued by a public hospital.

The suspect, who was in possession of methamphetamine and the pharmaceutical painkiller Tramadol, was found to have methamphetamine in his system, according to court officials.

The man was charged with possession of narcotics and reckless driving while under the influence of narcotics.

The prosecution added that it is also opening an investigation into the actions of the truck driver who rammed the suspect's car and the bystanders who attacked him after he stopped.

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