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A Sydney motorist has admitted to causing the shark attack in a drunken assault.
The victim was reportedly caught up in a shark attack after he drove from his home in the south-western suburbs to the beaches on Saturday night.
Police said he was struck on the shoulder while travelling on the Sydney Harbour Bridge but did not describe how the victim was injured.
A spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department (DVL), which is responsible for driving and the vehicle laws in NSW, says the incident was tragic.
He says drivers can be charged for dangerous driving on a motorway unless the driver can produce “a reasonable belief that the person making the right movement intended the person to be injured”.
The DVL also says a driver is not responsible for “uncontrolled intoxication and/or the consumption of alcohol”.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department says the DVL does not regulate any form of alcohol but “if a driver believes that a person has been under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug and reasonably believes that the driver has caused damage”.
Police say the DVL took about 40 minutes to issue the driver with a driving suspension, but the driver was free to drive to the beach.
A police spokesperson says the DVL’s guidelines are clear:
“Drivers should exercise caution when driving at night.”
Police will be re-examining the details of the incident to see whether additional charges are warranted, while the DVL is not investigating any further.
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