Man allegedly drives over tent, injures 4

Sept. 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   0 comments

KIAMA, Australia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old man was arrested after allegedly driving over a tent at an Australian campground and injuring a family of four sleeping inside, officials said.

The man, whose name was not reported, left a party near the campground in Kiama Saturday night and lost control of his vehicle before driving through a fence and running over the family's tent, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, reported.

Authorities said the driver had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.174.

Seven-year-old Emily Wilson and her brother, Oscar, 4, were dragged for several feet and had to be pulled out from underneath the car, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Emily suffered a collapsed lung and a broken ankle and Oscar had bruising and burns.

Their father, Bruce, was treated for a fractured pelvis and their mother, Gill, has a collapsed lung as well as spinal and rib injuries, officials said. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct while driving. His license was confiscated.

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