Police deal with slew of driving incidents

PHOTO: ODT FILES
PHOTO: ODT FILES
Drink-drivers kept police in Dunedin busy at the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said a 57-year-old man had been out drinking with his wife at a friend’s house on Saturday.

His wife was the sober driver but became unwell on the trip home and the man believed he was fine to take over driving.

He was stopped at a checkpoint in Kaikorai Valley about 6pm and recorded a breath-alcohol level of 582mcg.

It was at least his third drink-driving charge and he would appear in court, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

At 7.40pm on Saturday, a 35-year-old man crashed into two parked cars in Grange St.

The man recorded a breath-alcohol level of 785mcg and was charged with careless driving.

On Sunday, a 24-year-old man lost control of his Subaru in George St at 1am and hit a tree;

he recorded a breath-alcohol reading of more than 500mcg.

A 52-year-old man stopped in Tomahawk Rd at 10.45am returned a breath-alcohol reading of 1156mcg. He was suspended for 28 days.

At 9.30pm, police responded to calls from the public about an argument between two people in Hillside Rd; one person who allegedly decided to drive from the scene recorded a breath-alcohol level of 512mcg.

At noon on Sunday, police observed a man driving south in George St without a seatbelt.

The 24-year-old was found to be driving while disqualified for at least the third time, and was arrested.

He was issued an infringement notice and his vehicle was impounded for 28 days.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

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