A driver, branded as a "danger to the community" by police,
has had his car impounded after he was twice caught driving
at nearly four times the legal breath-alcohol limit in the
space of two days.
Two days after a 60-year-old Hampden man recorded a
breath-alcohol limit of 1550mcg when he was stopped and
breath-tested by police on Tuesday, Senior Constable Craig
Sew Hoy said. "The same guy" had been stopped on Norwich St
on Thursday, and recorded 1530mcg.
The man had his car impounded and would appear in Oamaru
District Court to face both drink-drive charges on November
28, Snr Const Sew Hoy said.
"We have real concerns for people's safety that someone that
high is regularly operating vehicles at that level."
The legal drink-drive limit for over-20s is 400mcg. Snr Const
Sew Hoy said people regularly driving with alcohol in their
system were "a risk to the community".
However, he said it was "a sad fact" some people were
regularly driving well over the limit and he urged residents
to contact police, or call Crimestoppers if they knew of
anyone who might be regularly operating vehicles when drunk.