Flight passenger praised for stopping alleged drink-driver

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Police are praising a member of the public who helped stop an alleged drink driver at Dunedin Airport who was earlier seen drunk on a flight.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the 46-year-old man was seen to be intoxicated on the inbound flight to Dunedin Airport yesterday evening.

 

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After the flight landed a passenger saw the man driving in the car park.

The Good Samaritan attempted to seize the keys from the man when he stopped at the exit and Airport Security contacted police, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

The driver, who does not live in Dunedin, was breath tested and recorded a reading of 682mcg/L, more than twice the legal limit.

Snr Sgt Dinnissen said the man would appear in the Dunedin District Court next week.

He slammed the actions of the man in attempting to drive home but heaped praise on the bystander who intervened as well as airport security.

"Blowing that much then expecting to drive home ... is unacceptable.

"Great work by the passenger and airport security to call us as soon as they were alerted.'' 

 

Comments

Not great work by the airline. You carry drunk people? Are they drunk when they board, or sink it in flight?

Good work by the person of Samaria.

 

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