Public block driver with ‘very high’ blood alcohol level

Members of the public blocked a dangerously drunk Dunedin driver, stripping her of her keys, after she was seen swerving all the way down the road on Friday afternoon, police say.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, from Dunedin, said members of the public called police after the 51-year-old driver was seen ‘swerving all the way almost causing multiple crashes’ at Grandvista Dr, Abbotsford, around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Members of the public positioned their vehicles around that of the driver to prevent her from driving away.

They also took away his keys, Snr Sgt Bond said.

When police arrived they spoke to the woman who was given a breath test and found to be more than six times the legal limit, registering a blood alcohol level of 1511mcg, Snr Sgt said Jump.

“It’s really high,” he said.

Another very high breath alcohol reading was recorded only two days later when police stopped a driver who ran a red light on Andersons Bay Rd on State Highway 1 in South Dunedin around 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Snr Sgt Bond said.

Police arrested the 41-year-old driver who recorded a blood alcohol level of 1388mcg, five and a half times the 250mcg limit.

“It’s quarter past eight in the morning,” he said.

The driver’s license was suspended for 28 days and he was summoned to appear in Dunedin District Court on July 22.

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