Speeding drivers‘ bloody idiots

Two  people caught speeding at more than 150kmh, while under the influence of alcohol, have been blasted as "bloody idiots".

Acting Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said the first person, a 26-year-old man, was caught driving at 154kmh in a 100kmh zone in State Highway 1, near Allanton, at 10.05am on Sunday.

The man recorded more than 400mcg during an initial breath test, but elected to take a blood test.

His licence was suspended for 28 days.

Then, at 10.30pm on Sunday, a 23-year-old man stole a car from Caldwell St, in Brockville.

He ended up losing control of the car and crashing into a bank in Taieri Rd. He recorded 600mcg, and admitted to police he had been driving at 160kmh.

He will appear in court on Thursday.

Snr Sgt Bond said the two incidents were a recipe for disaster.

"It's disappointing that people continue to be bloody idiots," he said.

Impaired driving was a focus for police in December, and people could expect to see checkpoints, he said.

  • Police were struggling to keep up with the number of people offending during a short operation in Dunedin.

Twenty people were sprung during the 40-minute operation targeting people using cellphones and not wearing seatbelts in Crawford St on Friday afternoon, but more may have slipped through.

Acting Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said police did not have enough staff on the day to keep up with the number breaking the law. He warned that type of operation would continue in the city, particularly in the lead-up to Christmas.

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