Di’s Driver Was Drunk – Orlando Sentinel

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September 2, 1997 | By Tom Chicago Tribune

PARIS — Diana’s limousine driver was when he lost control of the and slammed into a support and the of the Pont de l’Alma underpass, said Monday.

The impact of the froze the speedometer at 121 mph.

sources involved in the investigation Paul, who died in the crash with Diana and her millionaire Dodi Fayed, had a blood-alcohol of 1.75 milligrams of alcohol to 100 of blood – or about by U.S. measurements – than three times legal level.

In one damning – but unconfirmed report Monday, the French Le Monde said witnesses saw pushing police and rescuers as they snapped photos of and Fayed after the crash.

And in issues of London newspapers, were reports that the had taunted photographers before from a hotel with and Fayed, suggesting that wouldn’t be able to keep up the Mercedes.

The Times of London what it called unconfirmed that Paul had taunted the by saying ”Catch me if you can,” speeding away from the

In London, The Mirror today Gilbert Collard, a French representing Christian Martinez, one of the arrested paparazzi, as saying: seems there was a short between the photographers, the driver and the before the limousine left the

”It was along the lines: bother following; you won’t us anyway. ‘ ”

In a blood-alcohol level of 0.5 grams the level after about two or glasses of wine – is a Anything higher than 0.8 is a serious criminal offense. An … male would a 1.75 level after an entire bottle of wine or six to 10 of beer.

The stunning disclosure has shifted the of the official inquiry. Now police are to piece together the circumstances put Diana’s life in the hands of a man who was in no condition to drive.

Paul was a of the security staff at the Ritz, the Paris hotel owned by Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of companion.

Hours before the that would claim lives, Diana and Dodi had dined in the hotel’s restaurant.

Fayed reportedly sent his chauffeur out the hotel’s main as a decoy while the couple through a rear door and into the Mercedes S-280.

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Bernard Dartevelle, a lawyer the Fayed family in Paris, Paul had been off-duty and was from home to take the of the regular driver.

Le Monde Monday that Paul was to skirt around a slower-moving when his car crashed inside the riverside tunnel.

Michael a spokesman for Mohamed Al Fayed, Paul,a former French officer, had worked for the Ritz for 11 and had been an ”exemplary employee.”

An spokeswoman for the hotel told The Press that Paul had special security training at a facility in Germany.

Veteran chauffeurs said that the tight, dipping underpass at de l’Alma at any speed in excess of 60 to 65 mph be very dangerous.

Cole said Monday that the paparazzi who chased car tried to drive off emergency crews who arrived at the scene they were interfering picture-taking, and scuffles broke out the two groups.

Investigators are eager to to Trevor Rees-Jones, the only of Sunday’s crash.

Rees-Jones, a Royal Marine who worked as a for Dodi Fayed, was seated in the passenger seat. He was reportedly the person in the car wearing a seat

Dr. Frederic Mailliez said he was in the opposite lane when the sped toward him and crashed. He he saw smoke, ran to the wreckage and back to his where he phoned for help and a medical kit. Mailliez, who in trauma injuries, returned to the and helped bodyguard Rees-Jones.

Then he said he turned to woman in black,” whom he recognize. ”I freed her and opened her windpipe,” said adding that 10 to 15 paparazzi in the tunnel. ”She was moaning and wildly, and those are signs of I put an oxygen mask on her.” crews arrived and worked for than an hour to free from the crushed car.

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