- Jul 11, 2006
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An apparently drunk Russian tank driver rammed his 25-tonne fighting machine into a remote village cottage while on a vodka run, footage aired Friday on state television showed.
The soldier was filmed driving the tank, armed with an anti-aircraft gun, through a tiny street in Oktyabrskaya, in the Ural mountains' Sverdlovsk region.
He clambered unsteadily into his vehicle with two freshly purchased bottles, then rammed a fence and a house while attempting to leave.
"He was drunk," a villager said on Channel One television. An assistant at the local shop said the soldier had purchased two bottles of vodka.
Army spokesman Konstantin Lazutkin promised the military would pay for repairs.