Drunk driving claims one in Mumbai, businessman arrested
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 22:24
Mumbai: A young businessman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol rammed his car into two vehicles, killing one person and injuring another in the wee hours today, police said.

Sushil Kothari (30), who is into construction business, first hit a scooter at Marine Drive, south Mumbai and subsequently a four-wheeler.

"Kothari, who was driving a Ford Ikon on his way home to Walkeshwar area, rammed into a scooter killing the rider," Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhering Dorje said.

Kothari did not stop there and sped away towards Malabar Hill where he dashed into another car, they said.

He was arrested and produced before a Metropolitan Magistrate Court, which granted him bail on a bond of Rs 5,000 in the Malabar Hill case. He was booked for rash driving.

"As soon as he was released on bail, we arrested him in the Marine Drive case, in which he has been charged with culpable homicide," Dorje said, adding he will be produced before a local court tomorrow.

Kothari said he lost control over the car due to a tyre burst. While the motorist, Habib Zulfikar Qureshi, was killed on the spot, the pillion rider received minor injuries and is undergoing treatment at J J Hospital, police said.

No one was hurt in the second incident.

Kothari has tested positive for alcohol intake, Dorje said, quoting a medical report.


First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 22:24

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