Dunedin crash driver tops Sth Island booze bust list

More than 20 people were arrested in the South Island during a 24-hour police operation targeting alcohol-related crime, with the highest reading coming from a driver following a crash in Dunedin.

The annual trans-Tasman Operation Unite campaign involved an increased police presence in Southland and Otago from 6pm to 6am over Friday and Saturday night.

Around 2100 motorists were stopped and breath tested during the operation, resulting in 11 people being processed for drink driving.

The Dunedin incident occurred on Portsmouth Drive at 12.19am this morning where a driver blew 919 micrograms per litre of breath. The legal limit for drivers over 20 is 400mcg/l.

The operation also netted 27 arrests in the Southern District, including 14 for disorderly behaviour the three for breaching liquor bans.

A controlled purchase operation in the district also caught four premises selling alcohol to a minor, police said.

Around 200 staff were involved in the operation over the two day period, assisted by community patrols and Maori wardens.

Police said the operation was a great opportunity to raise awareness around the harm that alcohol could cause in communities.

- Brendan Manning of APNZ

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