Five Glasses of Champagne and a Car Wrecked = over 35.000 euros compensation

 July 14, 2018

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“Were five glasses of champagne worth over 35.000 euros compensation to settle the civil claim?” – reports HelloMonaco.com

What a mess! Five glasses of champagne and a forty-year-old man accelerating away drunk at two in the morning. The bill paled in comparison to the full cost of the evening’s misadventure. The roundabout is confusing with all that construction by it – take care!

The Belgian, tipsy under the influence of the champagne didn’t. He careened into a car that had the priority right of way. Luckily there was no serious injury but the driver whose car was hit was shaken up.

First the police took a breathalyzer and established the Belgian was drunk, well over the legal limit. Add the fact that they noticed his insurance had expired a week earlier.

When you drive drunk and hit another car on the road in Monaco you end up in court, and in this particular case, handcuffed, and having spent three nights in detention. Plenty of time to reflect and to make a deal with the victim to pay 35.000 euros damages for the car.

That the court allowed, in respect of the civil claim at least. For the rest, the Belgian was lucky to get-off with a two-month suspended sentence and a 45 euro fine.

The court obviously accepted his defence that the insurance expiring the week before was an over-sight, as he had thought it would renew automatically.

Were five glasses of champagne worth over 35.000 euros compensation to settle the civil claim? The moral of the story is: don’t drink and drive in Monaco.

Originally published by Olga Taran at HelloMonaco.com

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