DUI within hours of prison sentence ending

A man has been charged with drink-driving just hours after being released from prison, after allegedly smashing into four parked cars.

The 25-year-old was released from Otago Corrections Facility on Tuesday after serving a sentence for driving and alcohol-related offences.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said the man allegedly spotted a patrol car in Portobello Rd about 11.30pm, and "sped off".

His vehicle later crashed into the Bayview Rd traffic island and into four parked cars.

The man, who had been disqualified indefinitely from driving, recorded a breath-alcohol level of 965mcg, Snr Sgt Benn said. The legal limit is 400mcg.

He is expected to appear in the Dunedin District Court later this week.

Also expected to appear on a drink-driving charge is a 45-year-old woman stopped after another incident on Tuesday night. Snr Sgt Benn said the woman was pulled over by a police patrol car shortly before midnight after officers observed her poor driving, including hitting a gutter.

She recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 1010mcg.

Police were called to a Musselburgh Rise address about 11.15pm after reports a woman drove on the wrong side of the road.

"She has crashed into the [informant's car] and took off," Snr Sgt Benn said.

The driver was apprehended and processed for drink-driving.

There were increased police patrols during the festive season, and anyone who spotted erratic driving should contact police, Snr Sgt Benn said.




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