Police charge man after stealing truck and driving intoxicated in Sydney CBD

A man has been charged after allegedly driving a stolen truck, while under the influence of alcohol, from a construction site and into a shopfront before being detained by workers in Sydney CBD this morning.

Just after 2am (Wednesday 10 April 2019), officers from Sydney City Police Area Command were called to George Street, Sydney, following reports construction workers had detained a man who stole a truck from a worksite.

On arrival, police were told the three-tonne truck was parked near Martin Place for the Light Rail construction works, when an unknown man got in and drove it through the worksite on George Street.

The truck travelled a short distance and crashed through the front windows of a nearby café, before the man attempted to drive away.

Construction workers gave chase on foot and physically removed the man from the truck and detained him until officers arrived.

The 33-year-old Queenscliff man was arrested and subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive reading. He was then taken to Sydney Hospital for blood tests.

Following the tests, the man was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, and drive with low range PCA.

He has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today.

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