A businessman has been booked after he allegedly went on a drunken rampage in Andheri on Monday night, crashing his car into a building’s gate and four parked vehicles, and hitting two pedestrians before being stopped.
A furious mob assaulted him before handing him over to the police. He is currently being treated for his injuries.
According to the Amboli police, the accused, Hitesh Golecha (45), runs an automobile agency in Andheri. He was first spotted behaving strangely by residents of Sahyog Society in Amboli, which he entered around 7.30 p.m. on Monday.
“Mr. Golecha drove his Jaguar into the compound and started wandering around aimlessly. When the security guard asked him if he wanted something, he entered the building and walked into a ground floor flat, as the front door was open. The residents raised an alarm and Mr. Golecha ran out, got into his vehicle and started reversing out of the compound, crashing into the gate in the process,” a police officer said.
He then allegedly drove towards the MHADA Colony in Four Bungalows, Versova, where he crashed into four stationary cars. Eyewitnesses called the Versova police station.
By the time the police team arrived, Mr. Golecha had hit and injured pedestrians Ritesh Patil (21) and Amitkumar Prajapati (24), before coming to a halt. A large crowd surrounded the car in seconds, and Mr. Golecha was dragged out of the car and assaulted. The police took him, Mr. Patil and Mr. Prajapati to Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle. Mr. Prajapati was discharged, while Mr. Golecha and Mr. Patil are under treatment, officers said.
“We tracked the Jaguar’s movements to Sahyog Society with the help of the CCTV camera network and inquiries at the ground level. The FIR was transferred to the Amboli police station on Tuesday,” an officer with the Versova police said.
Mr. Golecha has been booked for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. He will be placed under arrest as soon as he is discharged.
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