Public block driver with ‘really high’ breath alcohol

Members of the public blocked in a dangerously drunk Dunedin driver, taking her keys off her, after she was seen swerving all over the road on Friday afternoon, police say.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said members of the public called police after the 51-year-old driver was seen "swerving all over the road, nearly causing multiple crashes" in Grandvista Dr, Abbotsford, about 3.30pm on Friday.

The members of the public positioned their vehicles around the driver’s to prevent her from leaving.

They also took her keys off her, Snr Sgt Bond said.

When police arrived they spoke to the woman who was breath-tested and found to be more than six times the legal limit, recording a breath-alcohol level of 1511mcg, Snr Sgt Bond said.

"That’s really high," he said.

Another very high breath-alcohol reading was recorded only two days later when police stopped a driver who ran a red light in Andersons Bay Rd at the Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) in South Dunedin about 8.15am on Sunday, Snr Sgt Bond said.

Police stopped the 41-year-old driver who recorded a breath-alcohol level of 1388mcg, five and a-half times the limit of 250mcg.

"That’s at quarter-past eight in the morning," he said.

The driver’s licence was suspended for 28 days and he was summonsed to appear in the Dunedin District Court on July 22.






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