Licence immediately suspended

A Milton woman who sparked a complaint about her driving on State Highway 1 was later found to have a breath-alcohol reading more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Police yesterday praised the member of the public who reported the erratic driving behaviour.

The 46-year-old motorist was pulled over by police in Bush Rd, Mosgiel, just before 8am yesterday following a complaint.

The driver recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 1344mcg.

The legal limit is 400mcg.

Her driver's licence was immediately suspended for 28 days.

''It's a real concern that people continue to make bad choices around alcohol and driving which put their own lives and the lives of other road users at risk,'' Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall, Dunedin Clutha Waitaki road policing manager, said.

''What is especially concerning in this case is the extremely high level of alcohol this person had in their system and that they made a decision to travel during peak traffic on a state highway, thus creating a significant risk to themselves and other road users.''

He thanked the member of the public for reporting the erratic driving.

''This incident also highlights that drink-driving is not only an issue at weekends and nights - it can happen any time.

''We remind people that drinking before driving at any time of the day or night is never a good idea.''

Snr Sgt McDouall saidThe woman is to appear in the Dunedin District Court next week on a drink-driving charge.

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