A Milton woman who sparked a complaint about her driving on
State Highway 1 was later found to have a breath-alcohol
reading more than three times the drink-drive limit.
Police yesterday praised the member of the public who
reported the erratic driving behaviour.
The 46-year-old motorist was pulled over by police in Bush
Rd, Mosgiel, just before 8am yesterday following a complaint.
The driver recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 1344mcg.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
Her driver's licence was immediately suspended for 28 days.
''It's a real concern that people continue to make bad
choices around alcohol and driving which put their own lives
and the lives of other road users at risk,'' Senior Sergeant
Phil McDouall, Dunedin Clutha Waitaki road policing manager,
''What is especially concerning in this case is the extremely
high level of alcohol this person had in their system and
that they made a decision to travel during peak traffic on a
state highway, thus creating a significant risk to themselves
and other road users.''
He thanked the member of the public for reporting the erratic
''This incident also highlights that drink-driving is not
only an issue at weekends and nights - it can happen any
''We remind people that drinking before driving at any time
of the day or night is never a good idea.''
Snr Sgt McDouall saidThe woman is to appear in the Dunedin
District Court next week on a drink-driving charge.