Jharsuguda: The driver of a government official had a narrow escape after he met with a road accident near Lakhanpur Tehsil office in the district on Monday.
According to sources, the accident occurred when the driver, identified as Debendra Karali, was heading towards the office to pick up an assistant executive engineer in Panchayati Raj department. Meanwhile, he lost control over the wheels and rammed the vehicle into a roadside tree.
On being informed by the locals, Lakhanpur police reached the spot and admitted the victim to a nearby hospital. After preliminary treatment, police arrested Karali on charges of drunken driving.
The officer was not present inside the vehicle and the driver was riding the vehicle in an inebriated state, said Lakhanpur inspector-in-charge Baikuntha Seth.
It has also been ascertained that the vehicle was engaged in government duty without valid documents.