Man caught drink-driving twice in one morning


A 37-year-old man was caught above the alcohol limit after two failed breath tests this morning.

The man was stopped on Studholme St in Waikato and tested four times over the limit, with 1020 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, when the legal limit is 250.

He had his keys taken off him and was suspended from driving immediately for 28 days.

Police then pulled over the same man in the same vehicle just an hour and a half later on Morrice Ave, and returned a result of 939mgs.

District commander and Superintendent Bruce Bird describes his behaviour as "appalling".

“In this situation it’s difficult to judge what the most appalling aspect of what has occurred is.

The man’s absolute disregard for the law and the safety of other motorists, or the fact that this is the second incident of this nature to occur in the Waikato in recent weeks,” he says.

Supt Bird says at the beginning of December another man returned almost identical results as the man this morning, in the space of two hours.

He said police were alerted to the motorist by members of the public this morning.

"Over the past few days we’ve had a number of incidents where drivers have alerted us to concerning behaviour on our roads, your actions in these circumstances do save lives...To the recidivist drunk drivers my message is; grow up. Thinks about your actions, think about the consequences and think about how you can make a difference."

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