'Drunk, dangerous' Australian driver charged

Another day on Queenstown's roads, another example of a dangerous overseas driver. This time, a drunk Australian, police say.

A concerned motorist contacted police about 4.20pm yesterday after watching a car weaving over Frankton Rd, including across the centreline, as it headed towards Queenstown, police say.

Bottles were thrown from the car by one of the four occupants, Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said.

The caller followed the car for 5km to an address where police later arrived, Snr Sgt Benn said.

Four Australian tourists ''having a great old time in Queenstown'' were found inside, including the 27-year-old driver, who recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 916mcg, he said.

The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

''So a drunk, dangerous driver is off the road ... a good result,'' Snr Sgt Benn said.

He praised the *555 caller and said police ''treat these as a high priority''.

Overseas drivers

I do feel that this "Overseas Driver" thing is becoming an excuse when really what you mean is just damn irresponsible behaviour. It doesn't matter in this case where they are from - I am sure there are plenty of times when this sort of terrible behaviour is seen from Kiwi drivers along with British drivers along with Aussie drivers etc.  The overseas issue can only really be used as an excuse with regards to drivers where the rules are different and they cause accidents by driving the wrong the way up a street or ignore intersections and roundabouts.  Nothing to do with silly youngsters acting like idiots.  


Dodgy driving.

It's a shame the police do not react with such condemnation when one of their own is the offender.

They love it when you dob in another member of the public, but when it is one of their own, oh boy do they get their knickers in a knot.

If it wasn't such a serious issue, you could only laugh at their methods to avoid prosecution.