'Drunk, dangerous' Australian driver charged

Another day on Queenstown's roads, another example of a dangerous overseas driver. This time, a drunk Australian, police say.

A concerned motorist contacted police about 4.20pm yesterday after watching a car weaving over Frankton Rd, including across the centreline, as it headed towards Queenstown, police say.

Bottles were thrown from the car by one of the four occupants, Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said.

The caller followed the car for 5km to an address where police later arrived, Snr Sgt Benn said.

Four Australian tourists ''having a great old time in Queenstown'' were found inside, including the 27-year-old driver, who recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 916mcg, he said.

The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

''So a drunk, dangerous driver is off the road ... a good result,'' Snr Sgt Benn said.

He praised the *555 caller and said police ''treat these as a high priority''.

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