Truckie who allegedly crashed into bridge while drunk appears in court

A truck driver who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a bridge while drunk and fled has appeared in a Sydney court. Police allege Neil Fretwell, 32, was under the influence and driving while suspended when his rental truck crashed into a bridge in Ultimo on April 24. The truck rolled and became wedged under the Bulwara Road bridge but when police arrived, the driver was nowhere to be found.

Mr Fretwell allegedly fled the scene of the crash. (9NEWS)

Mr Fretwell allegedly fled the scene of the crash. (9NEWS)

Mr Fretwell was arrested in a nearby house and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash, driving while suspended and driving an over-height vehicle. Mr Fretwell was granted conditional bail and appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court for the first time today. His case was adjourned until June 7.

Staff at Balmain Rentals, where Mr Fretwell hired the truck, earlier told 9NEWS he had provided a licence but had not disclosed it was suspended. Residents say the Bulwara Road bridge is notorious for accidents. A Coles delivery truck and another Balmain Rentals truck both hit the overpass last year.

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