Drink-driving tourist held in Spain after killing policeman

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Drink-driving tourist held in Spain after killing policeman
Mallorca's capital Palma de Mallorca. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

A French tourist has been detained on the Spanish island of Mallorca after she hit and killed a policeman cycling with his son while four times over the drink drive limit, authorities said Friday.


The 35-year-old, whom police have only identified as Florence, was driving on Wednesday evening with her friend when she ran into the policeman who was riding with his eight-year-old son.

"He was sent to hospital in a critical state and died there," a spokesman for the Guardia Civil police force told AFP, adding the tourist had been four times over the drink drive limit.

The victim was 44 and worked as a policeman in Palma de Mallorca, capital of the island.

A video posted on local media outlets showed the blonde tourist kneeling handcuffed at the scene of the accident, asking police to let her go in French and stating she is a nurse.

She was detained and has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, said a spokeswoman for the High Court of the Balearic Islands.

Local media reported she had told a judge that she and her friend had shared a bottle of white wine and a shot of liqueur at a restaurant, and drunk coffee and two more shots at another place.

She reportedly got out and tried to revive the policeman when the accident happened.


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