Teen driver couldn't see through cloud of pot smoke, rammed police car

12 Iul 2019 | by Alexandra Allerton

A teenager from Australia is facing serious consequences after ramming into a police car and breaking an officer's leg.

Teen driver couldn't see through cloud of pot smoke, rammed police car

Benjamin Saurini, 19, says he had trouble seeing out of his windshield because of the pot smoke fogging up his car windows. Saurini admitted he was trying to flee police near Melbourne, after smoking cannabis in the car with some friends.

Driving away from the scene, he panicked and side-swiped a police cruiser—pinning a senior constable against the car and breaking the officer's leg. The constable is still in the hospital after undergoing surgery on Monday.

The day after the accident, Saurini saw a newspaper article about the injured cop and realized he was in trouble. He allegedly tried to get rid of the car and its plates so it couldn't be identified, reports 7 News.

But the teen—who doesn't have his driver's license yet—agreed to turn himself in after officers called his parent's house in Sunbury, about 25 miles from downtown Melbourne. Saurini must now follow an 8pm curfew and agree to no longer drive or take drugs.

He initially faced 14 charges, including ramming an emergency vehicle, assaulting a police officer, conduct endangering life and unlicensed driving. Instead, he will participate in a drug education program with strict requirements, including weekly check-ins with police and an agreement not to associate with anyone else involved in the incident.

Saurini's father, John, told the court he discovered Benjamin was using drugs about three years ago, but only realized he had a problem eight months ago.

Medical marijuana is legal across Australia with a prescription, but recreational use is still prohibited.