Haider was drunk in fatal crash, says spokesman

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The Independent Online

A spokesman for Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider says he was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash.

Stefan Petzner says Haider's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit when he crashed his car early Saturday in the southern province of Carinthia where he was governor.

Police said his car was speeding at twice the limit allowed when it crashed and flipped.

Petzner said Wednesday he felt obligated to confirm widespread speculation that the former Freedom Party leader was intoxicated. Haider's funeral is set for Saturday.