Hero dealers detained a drunk man who stole a truck and crashed into a café in Sydney on Wednesday morning until the police could arrive to arrest him.
The man allegedly stole a three-ton truck from a construction site near Martin Place, where the light rail is being built, and drove it through a construction site on George Street shortly after 2 a.m. before reaching a café.
Police say the 33-year-old crashed into the front window of the CBD regiment before trying to drive away.
A NSW police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia that he was eventually stopped by two construction workers who witnessed the bizarre incident and followed the truck on foot.
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The man allegedly stole a three-ton truck from a construction site near Martin Place, where the light rail is being built, and drove it through a construction site on George Street shortly after 2 a.m. before reaching a café
Traders sealed the glass with a plastic wrap (picture) and told Daily Mail Australia that it would not break if it were not hit with a hammer several times.
Regiment Cafe owner Zach Hiotis said he was only informed of the damage at 5:45 a.m. when his cook came to work.
“Our chef Aaron was the first on site this morning. He wrote to me around a quarter to six: "Urgent, please call," which is never good news, "he told reporters.
Mr. Hiotis said he received photos of the glass via email and was shocked to see the extent of the damage because the glazing on the window was so thick.
"I would never assume that someone would drive through and drive backwards," he said.
He said the glass would take "ages" to replace, but it would not be possible to close it until repairs were made.
Regiment Cafe employees were made aware of the damage a few hours before the opening, but were unable to stop trading for the day
Despite the damage done to his cafe, Mr. Hiotis had a smile on his face when he joked: "The guy obviously couldn't find an excessive home."
"I heard that he was in the lower or middle range (drunk driving). I don't know how big the night could have been, ”he said.
The cafe owner, who has been in operation for almost two years, said he and his staff were aware of the fact that it could have been "much worse" and Mr. Hiotis said he was grateful to have the support of his landlord.
"The fact that he came all the way through Martin Place – nobody was hurt by what I collected, which is a blessing, but if it had happened during the day … it could have been devastating," he said.
"It could have been a lot worse, that's how we see it."
The construction workers reportedly ran after the truck (image) and were able to remove the man from the vehicle and hold it in place until the police arrived
Traders sealed the glass with a plastic wrap and told Daily Mail Australia it would not break if it were not hit with a hammer multiple times.
Further work is expected to be done, with wooden panels placed over the broken glass for safety until it can be replaced.
The construction workers reportedly ran after the truck and were able to remove the man from the vehicle and hold it in place until the police arrived.
Officials arrested the Queenscliff man and tested him for breath. He returned a positive reading and was taken to Sydney Hospital for blood tests.
After the tests, the man was taken to the police station on Day Street and charged with ruthless driving, driving license, taking and driving a car without his owner's consent, and driving with short-range drinks.
There is more to come.
A man was arrested after stealing a truck from a construction site and crashing through the front window of the CBD regiment (picture).
The 33-year-old reportedly took a three-ton truck from the nearby light rail construction site (archive image of the construction site pictured) before driving it through the work area on George Street
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