The truck smashed into a cafe in Martin place. Picture: Derrick Krusche
The truck smashed into a cafe in Martin place. Picture: Derrick Krusche

Truck allegedly stolen by intoxicated man crashes into café

UPDATE: 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.

EARLIER: Police have arrested a man who was detained by construction workers after allegedly driving a stolen truck, while under the influence of alcohol, from a construction site and into a shopfront in Sydney CBD this morning.

Just after 2am, 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, where he will be charged.

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