Alcohol involved in crashes

A crashed car rests on its roof on the Northern Motorway following a crash yesterday morning....
A crashed car rests on its roof on the Northern Motorway following a crash yesterday morning. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
A man whose car crashed and rolled into a ditch recorded a breath-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

He was one of two 20-year-old men processed for drink-driving in Dunedin yesterday morning.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said police were called to State Highway 1, near Leith Valley, at 1.38am yesterday to reports of a car crashing and rolling into a ditch on the opposite side of the road.

The driver recorded a breath-alcohol level of 828mcg.

Two people were treated at the scene by St John.

At 3.30am, another man repeatedly crashed his Ford Focus into the centre concrete barrier on SH1, near Green Island, causing significant damage to the car.

He recorded a breath-alcohol level of 330mcg and was fined, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

He was also found to be an unaccompanied learner driver.

daisy.hudson@odt.co.nz

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