Toast Martinborough drink drivers nabbed

SEAMUS BOYER
Last updated 12:46 19/11/2012

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A Toast Martinborough reveller caught more than three times over the legal booze limit was one of three drink-drivers nabbed yesterday.

Nearly 400 drivers were tested by police at a roadside checkpoint set up on Ponatahi Rd after yesterday's wine and food festival.

Two people tested at the checkpoint were found to be over the limit. A Masterton woman, 24, recorded a reading 850 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, and a 20-year-old woman blew 857mcg. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Elsewhere in Wairarapa a Masterton festival-goer in his 40s was stopped by police and recorded a reading of 1405mcg - more than three 1/2 times the legal limit.

Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson, who headed the policing of Toast, said drivers were generally well-behaved.

''Although the readings are high, which is disappointing, for that number stopped and only three caught it means the message is getting through to the majority.''

A Toast Martinborough festival-goer was hit by a bus and injured in what marked a sad end to a damp but successful day among the vines.

The 31-year-old Upper Hutt woman suffered skull fractures and internal injuries when she ''walked out in front'' of the bus near Palliser Estate at 7pm yesterday, Ms Watson said.

She was driven by ambulance to Greytown, then flown to Wellington Hospital.

A hospital spokesman said she was kept in overnight for observation and was likely to be discharged today.

Ms Watson said the incident closed Kitchener St, with all traffic diverted through Ponatahi north to State Highway 2.

The added traffic meant the alcohol checkpoint had to be closed early, as it was creating lengthy delays.

Eight people were arrested at the 21st edition of Toast for disorderly behaviour or minor assaults, mainly in the final hour of the event between 5pm and 6pm.

Six others were taken to sober up in a tent run by St John.

All of those arrested were released with pre-charge warnings, meaning they will not appear in court.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Email: seamus.boyer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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