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Dunlop man caught speeding twice the limit – and DUI twice in one night

By toriness 11 June 2008 27

A Canberra man clocked doing 142kmh in an 80km/h zone while more than eight times over the legal alcohol limit returned to his car and drove home after police had charged him.

Police say a 24-year-old was driving a Ford ute on Southern Cross Drive, in Canberra’s west, about 1am (AEST) today when he was clocked travelling at nearly twice the speed limit.

After a pursuit he was pulled over and breath tested.

Following a positive result, police took him to Belconnen police station where he returned a reading of 0.177 – more than eight times the legal limit of .02 for a special driver.

“The male was released from custody and his vehicle keys confiscated,” ACT Policing said in a statement.

“Shortly after, police returned to secure the vehicle to find it had been removed from the location.”

Police then went to the Dunlop man’s house and caught him arriving home – behind the wheel of his Ford ute.

He was arrested and taken to the city police station where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.146.

A 24-year-old man is due to face the ACT Magistrates Court today on drink driving and traffic charges.

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Aeek 8:49 pm 14 Nov 08

I object to the exaggerating headline, and the police exaggeration,
142kmh in an 80km/h zone, that’s 177.5%, nowhere near 200%.

That said, driving fast pissed, what an idiot.

sathyan 7:41 pm 14 Nov 08

what a drunkard that man is.he do not know the seriousness of driving with that speed that too after consuming alcohol.
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Timberwolf65 6:53 pm 14 Jun 08

What a dick, I cannot believe he drove his car home.
No the cops will not drive you home, my partner rang me once to come pick him up after he went D.U.I., I told him to walk.

vg 8:14 pm 12 Jun 08

People need to learn the difference between someone who has been drinking, and someone who is ‘drunk’ or ‘intoxicated’ as per the legislative requirements. A person may be over the limit but is not drunk.

But if course the Police should have done something, even if there was no legal scope for them to do so. Or the knob could have just not driven his car, ut surely his ‘personal Jesus’, being the Police, should have prevented that.

“Surely the coppers dropped him home considering he had no car”. Yep, and when they got home they made him a nice cup ‘o tea and wiped his bum after he had his rum poo.

thecman 7:36 pm 12 Jun 08

RuffnReady – what about people thrown in the drunk tank? They are not “under arrest”, and yet they are detained until the police decide that they are sober enough to leave. I know this because it happened to me once when I was young and foolish, 12 years ago. Have procedures changed? I spent 8 hours detained in a cell, but not under arrest for anything. Surely, the police could have done the same thing to this guy?

Police may take people into protective custody if they are:

1. intoxicated and disorderly – in other words drunk and doing stupid, aggressive, annoying, potentially dangerous things in a public place;

2. intoxicated and incapable of protecting self – so drunk you are unconscious / semi-conscious in a public place; and

3. intoxicated and behaving in a manner likely to cause injury to himself, herself or
another person, or damage to any property – self explanatory.

I would suspect that following his breath test the offender in this matter was none of the above therefore he could not be taken into protective custody. Police can only act within the limits imposed by legislation – if they did otherwise I have no doubt Ruffnready and other like minded posters would be the first to complain and condemn.

Can anyone come up with another reason why this is somehow the Police fault.

peterh 9:17 am 12 Jun 08

RuffnReady said :

thecman – what about people thrown in the drunk tank? They are not “under arrest”, and yet they are detained until the police decide that they are sober enough to leave. I know this because it happened to me once when I was young and foolish, 12 years ago. Have procedures changed? I spent 8 hours detained in a cell, but not under arrest for anything. Surely, the police could have done the same thing to this guy?

I remember when I, too, was young and foolish. My experience was far worse, I got the “female constable watching me go to the toilet whilst handcuffed”, not a very easy thing to do – especially as she was laughing. (insert jokes here)

In retrospect, it was the best thing for me – i moved out of the slum of a share house, and started to take an interest in the straight and narrow path.

I have always left my car at home when going on a bender, but walking down the parkway at 3am does now seem to be a pretty dumb thing to do…

Especially, back in the day, when I lived in Calwell and my local was the labor club in belco. though it was daylight when i was heading home, had to do the Labor Club / Blind Beggars / Hungry Horse run before i staggered off.

My god – how stupid was I??

Headbonius 5:27 am 12 Jun 08

Ant, that was really funny. Thanks for the laugh so early in the morning.

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