A man has been charged with drink-driving just hours after
being released from prison, after allegedly smashing into
four parked cars.
The 25-year-old was released from Otago Corrections Facility
on Tuesday after serving a sentence for driving and
Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said the man allegedly spotted a
patrol car in Portobello Rd about 11.30pm, and "sped off".
His vehicle later crashed into the Bayview Rd traffic island
and into four parked cars.
The man, who had been disqualified indefinitely from driving,
recorded a breath-alcohol level of 965mcg, Snr Sgt Benn said.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
He is expected to appear in the Dunedin District Court later
Also expected to appear on a drink-driving charge is a
45-year-old woman stopped after another incident on Tuesday
night. Snr Sgt Benn said the woman was pulled over by a
police patrol car shortly before midnight after officers
observed her poor driving, including hitting a gutter.
She recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 1010mcg.
Police were called to a Musselburgh Rise address about
11.15pm after reports a woman drove on the wrong side of the
"She has crashed into the [informant's car] and took off,"
Snr Sgt Benn said.
The driver was apprehended and processed for drink-driving.
There were increased police patrols during the festive
season, and anyone who spotted erratic driving should contact
police, Snr Sgt Benn said.