While drunk, Zambian diplomat at UN hits into police car

While drunk, Zambian diplomat at UN hits into police car

Langford Banda, one of the diplomats representing Zambia at the UN survived an arrest after drunkenly hit his car into a parked police car in Queens early Monday.

He was taken into custody but was set free hours later because his diplomatic immunity prevented him from being charged with a crime, law enforcement sources said.
Langford Banda, the Second Secretary for Communications at Zambia’s permanent mission to the UN was just two miles away from his home when he slammed into the police van on 180th Street shortly after midnight.
The Metro reports that the officers hopped out of the vehicle and noticed Banda reeked of booze and could barely walk straight.
But Banda quickly identified himself as a diplomat, meaning cops were unable to give him a blood alcohol test.

Banda

Banda

“He was a total mess,” a law enforcement source said. “He got off because he’s a diplomat. Not our choice.”
Banda was taken to the 112th Precinct to have his identity verified and was released a short time later, sources said.
The two officers involved in the crash were taken to North Shore University Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.
When reached at his home later Monday morning, Banda admitted being involved in the crash, but denied being drunk.
“It was nothing like that,” he told a Post reporter, while dressed in a sweater and plaid drawstring pajama pants.
Officials at the Zambian Mission on 52nd Street in Manhattan declined to comment.

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