5 women held in 3 weeks for driving drunk
MUMBAI: Nidhi Parikh (25), a chief fashion coordinator from Vile Parle, on Tuesday became the fifth woman in three weeks to be caught driving drunk on the city’s roads. Fortunately, no one was killed but her medical report is awaited.
The first such case involved Reliance Industries in-house lawyer Janhavi Gadkar (35), who drove in the wrong lane on the Eastern Freeway and slammed her Audi Q3 into a taxi, killing two and injuring four on June 9. Since that date, four women have been caught during checks against drunk-driving at 25 points in the city.
The Khar police arrested Nidhi Parikh (25) after her silver Chevrolet drove into a tea vendor and slammed into vehicles on Carter Road at 2.28am on Tuesday. Parikh was driving alone towards Bandra, when she lost control of the sedan, and slammed into two autorickshaws and a Santro. Tea vendor Vijay Sahani (27) suffered minor injuries. “Parikh got scared on seeing the gathered mob and cops, so she locked herself in the car and had to be persuaded to come out,” a Khar police officer said.
Sahani told TOI, “The car came at high speed. After hitting my bicycle, it slammed into the parked autorickshaws and a Santro. She was unable to remove her car. The police reached the spot in five minutes and took her to a chowky, after talking to her for 10 minutes.”
Parikh works as a coordinator for designer Kristy De Cunha. She was taken to hospital, where doctors said she smelled of alcohol. “The medical report of total alcohol in Parikh’s blood is awaited. She was not sloshed at that time. She was allowed to go home after signing a bond. She reported to the police station in the morning, when she was arrested and later released on bail,” said the officer. Parikh did not respond to a text message from TOI.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone IX) Satyanarayan Choudhary said the police had taken action as per law. She has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 185 of the MV Act (driving by a drunken person).
The traffic police have initiated action against 824 motorists under the Motor Vehicle Act for drunk-driving since the Gadkar case. “We send these cases to court with our recommendations. The court decides whether to fine or send the accused to prison. It only recommends suspension of licence for up to six months,” joint commissioner of police (traffic) Milind Bharambe told TOI.