Driver facing charges

A man was apprehended by the police earlier this week after driving erratically in Winton and found to be four times over the legal breath-alcohol limit.

Police said in a statement yesterday the 31-year-old man would be appearing in the Invercargill District Court next week in relation to the incident.

A spokeswoman said she could not confirm which charges he would be facing.

The man was stopped in Winton after police received reports from a member of the public about his manner of driving. It included near misses with oncoming traffic, the statement said.

When stopped by police and breath tested, he recorded a breath-alcohol level of 1101mcg — more than four times the legal limit of 250mcg.

"Police would like this to serve as a reminder to the public that all drivers should expect to be stopped by us at any time.

"We know that alcohol impairment is one of the four biggest contributors to death and serious injury on our roads. It’s just not worth the risk," the statement said.

 

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