A 31-year-old biker, caught drink-driving by Thane traffic police in the wee hours of New Year day, set his new motor cycle on fire in a drunken stupor and ended up destroying five other vehicles too in the process.The accused, identified as Ashok Rajendra Ohwal, is a resident of Thane Nagar area in Thane, and is working as a driver with a private firm. He has been handed over to Naupada police, who booked him under relevant sections and produced him in court on Friday.It was around 1.15am on Friday when the accused, who was heading towards Naupada area from Thane station road, was stopped by the traffic police. Breath analysis test found Ohwal to be under heavy alcohol influence, following which he was asked to pay a fine. He was also told to leave his vehicle behind and collect it ‘while in senses’, after completing formalities.At this the accused got angry and he picked up a verbal fight with the cops. The very next moment, he got down from the bike, pulled out its petrol tube and started spraying fuel on to his vehicle. He then proceeded to set it on fire. Even as the police watched in helplessness, the bike went up in flames and spread on to five other bikes parked nearby.Though the traffic police immediately called up the fire brigade, by the time the fire personnel got into act and doused the fire, all six motor cycles, including the one owned by the accused, had been destroyed.Senior police officer from Naupada station, MD Survase, said: “We have taken the accused into custody and are probing his background details. His bike was new and worth Rs85,000. His action resulted in the destruction of five others’ motorcycles too.”According to Dr Rashmi Karandikar, DCP, Thane traffic, the accused had brought the bike only a couple of days back. “The vehicle was not even displaying its registration number,” he said.Also the accused was under heavy influence of alcohol. “The permissible level of alcohol content in one’s blood is 30ml. He was found to be having 344ml, which is very high. Driving in that condition could put the lives of other motorists and pedestrians too in risk,” said Karandikar. “Our cops have handed him over to the Naupada police, who have launched an investigation,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Caught drink-driving, man sets his bike ablaze; fire swallows 5 other bikes too