A woman has been arrested after hitting a nurse’s car during an alleged joyride while wildly over the limit.
Police say the 35-year-old blew 0.315 after slamming into the vehicle outside Glenelg Community Hospital.
The incident unfolded on Farrell Street just after 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Nurse Angelina Petraccaro was on duty when she heard the commotion – only to discover it was her car that had been struck.
“I ran out and, sure as eggs, there were people everywhere,” she told 7NEWS.
“It was actually my car that had been hit quite badly.”
The accused drunk driver also allegedly fled the scene, prompting a witness to give chase.
The 35-year-old was arrested nearby.
Petraccaro said, luckily, she was doing a double shift at the time of the accident.
If she wasn’t she would have been leaving for the day and could have been killed.
“My children could have got a knock at the door to say, ‘Your mother’s either dead or in the [Royal Adelaide Hospital] on a ventilator,” she said.
A patient coming into the hospital for surgery was also allegedly nearly struck during the incident.
Experts say it’s incredible the accused driver was even upright, with a blood alcohol level of 0.3 usually leading to an inability to walk or loss of consciousness.
Anything above that, it’s usually a coma – or even death.
Petraccaro has pleaded for drivers to do the right thing ahead of the festive season.
“We all want to have a good Christmas and we all want to go home to our families,” she said.
The alleged drink driver has been reported for drink driving, driving without due care and leaving the scene of a crash and will face court at a later date.