Woman caught at nearly four times the legal limit, Waitemata

Press Release – New Zealand Police

“Police praise member of public after woman caught nearly four times the legal limit”

Waitemata Police are praising the actions of a member of the public who enabled Police to catch a female drink-driver alleged to have been driving at nearly four times the legal limit.

At around 6.30pm last night Police received a call on the *555 line from a man who was following a car driving erratically along the Coatesville Riverhead Highway. The car was heading towards Albany and was seen to be swerving into other lanes and driving off the shoulder of the road. Two primary-school aged children were also in the car.

The car pulled into the driveway of a residential address and Police arrived. The 29 year-old driver was breathtested – the result was a breath alcohol level of 1568mcg, nearly four times the legal limit.

“Thanks to this man alerting Police we’ve been able to take an incredibly dangerous driver off our roads. This is a great example of the public working with Police to keep our communities safer” says Inspector Mark Fergus, Road Policing Manager, Waitemata Police.

The 29 year-old woman’s licence has been suspended for 28 days and she will appear in the Waitakere District Court on January 23, charged with driving with excess breath alcohol.

“It’s incredibly frustrating for Police when anyone drinks alcohol and then drives, but it’s even more gut wrenching when we see breath alcohol recordings as high as this, and we can only thank the man who saw the car being driven erratically and phoned us. We need to get these people off our roads” says Inspector Fergus.


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