A potential tragedy was averted after a youngster was rescued from the roadside when a businessman came to his aid in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Daniel Fernandes – who owns D&G Cleaning Services in Pitstone – was driving into Tring after picking up his nephew from a party in Chesham when he noticed the teen lying at the side of London Road.
Brazilian Daniel, 42, said: “I drove down to the roundabout by Tesco, turned around and came back to see if he was OK. He was lying by the bus stop, half in the mud and half on the road. He was covered in mud.”
The Good Samaritan tried asking the young man where he lived but got no response, so put him into his car and drove him to Tring police station where he dialled 999.
Daniel, who has a seven-year-old daughter, said: “He must have been around 16 or 17, no more. He had no coat on – just a T-shirt – and it was so cold. He was very drunk, and not aware of where he was.
“If I’d had left him, I don’t know what would have happened. I don’t know where his friends were. When I go out, I would never leave my friend alone.”
A spokesman from Herts Constabulary confirmed that a police officer was sent to deal with the early-morning incident.
She said: “We received a call at 4.38am to the High Street in Tring after a man was found on the side of the road.
“We sent an officer who took him home, and the incident was dealt with by about 5.10am.”
Det Supt Michael Hanlon from the joint county community safety unit had some advice for those enjoying a night out.
He said: “Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol leaves people more vulnerable to injury or being a victim of crime, so it is important to drink responsibly, know your limits and stop when you know you have had enough.
“If you are going out to drink, plan ahead how you are going to get home. Book a licensed taxi, use public transport or arrange for someone to pick you up. Make sure you and your friends all look after one another and all get home safely.”
A relieved Daniel said: “I just wondered what had happened to him after the police took him. I hope he doesn’t drink too much again. It seems his New Years celebrations were a bit too extreme, and it could have easily ended in tragedy.”