Police are praising a Cromwell couple for taking over the
wheel of a drink-driver's vehicle and driving him from
Arrowtown to Queenstown yesterday.
A 42-year-old Queenstown man has been charged with
drink-driving after allegedly recording a breath-alcohol
level of more than 1000mcg at 10.15am. The man elected to
take a blood sample, which is being processed.
Acting Sergeant Phil Hamlin, of Queenstown, said the man was
"extremely intoxicated" and the couple could have prevented a
crash by taking action.
The Cromwell couple were heading towards Queenstown when a
ute pulled out from the Arrow Junction dangerously and
"slotted in front of them", before swerving and pulling over
to the side of the road to let traffic past, he said.
The couple initially thought it was an elderly driver in
trouble and decided to stop and check, Acting Sgt Hamlin
"The ute was swinging all over the road and pulled over to
the left and they thought 'Well, this isn't normal'."
Upon opening the vehicle's door, the Cromwell man noticed a
heavy smell of alcohol and asked the driver if he could take
over and drive him to his destination in Queenstown, Acting
Sgt Hamlin said.
His wife followed the pair to Queenstown and called the
police on her way to notify them.
The driver was processed in the Ballarat St car park in
Queenstown and was instantly suspended from driving for 28
Acting Sgt Hamlin said while the couple's actions were not
usual procedure, they were commendable.
He encouraged the public to call police if they knew of
drink-drivers on the road.
"It is hard to break that trend of people not liking to dob