18 September 2020

Police baffled by drunk driver caught seven times over the limit

| Michael Weaver
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A 37-year-old Wanniassa man has been caught more than seven times over the legal blood alcohol limit. Photo: File.

An ACT police officer said he was baffled by the actions of a drunk driver who returned a blood alcohol reading that was more than seven times the legal limit yesterday.

The man’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

“It is astonishing that someone hasn’t been seriously injured or killed due to this driver’s incredibly stupid decisions,” said the officer-in-charge of Woden Police Station, Detective Acting Inspector Chris Ball.

The 37-year-old Wanniassa man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (18 September) charged with high range drink driving, failure to stop at an intersection and breach of bail.

The man was caught at about 2:30 pm yesterday (17 September) when police were conducting mobile patrols in Hughes. They observed a white Toyota Corolla sedan allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Denison Street and Carruthers Street.

A short time later, the man’s car was stopped by police, and the man underwent a roadside alcohol screening test which returned a positive result.

He was taken to Woden Police Station where further testing returned a blood alcohol content reading of 0.351.

Detective Acting Inspector Ball said the irresponsible nature of the driver’s behaviour was extremely concerning.

“I can’t understand what goes through someone’s head thinking it’s OK to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, particularly at the level of intoxication of this driver,” he said.

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