Bystanders praised for drink-drive intervention

Police are praising the actions of bystanders who tried to stop an intoxicated man from driving in central Dunedin.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said a 20-year-old man was thrown out of The Baaa Bar at 7.10pm on Thursday because of his behaviour.

He got into his car and drove down the street, nearly crashing into a parked car.

A passenger in the vehicle tried to stop him driving, as did witnesses who also called police, Snr Sgt Bond said.

When stopped by police, he recorded a breath-alcohol level of 1118mcg, nearly five times the legal limit.

"Police thank those that tried to stop him driving, and also called police.

"We continue to checkpoints around the city, and every driver stopped is breath tested to make the roads safe."

Later on Thursday night, at 11.20, police were called to Highcliff Rd after a 47-year-old woman crashed her car into a parked car, which then clipped another vehicle.

The woman appeared drunk and refused to be breath-tested, Snr Sgt Bond said.

She was taken to the police station for a blood sample.

Police were also called to Henley-Berwick Rd at 6.30pm after a car driven by a 48-year-old man collided with a 7-year-old on a motorbike who failed to give way.

There was no time or space to avoid the collision, Snr Sgt Bond said.

The child was taken to hospital with minor injuries.



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