Way, way over the limit

17:53, Feb 10 2014
Simon Feltham
Simon Feltham

Marlborough's top cop has come across the highest drink-driving reading in his career when a man was stopped driving in Blenheim more than four times over the legal limit.

Marlborough area commander Inspector Simon Feltham said a 38-year-old Christchurch man was arrested after he was breath tested on Budge St on Saturday evening.

He had a breath alcohol level of 1779 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

The drink-driving arrest was one of seven during the weekend.

Checkpoints were set up by the Tasman District Traffic Alcohol Group after the Wine and Food Festival held in Fairhall on Saturday.

It was particularly disappointing to find so many people prepared to drink and drive when police had made no secret of the fact there would be checks, Mr Feltham said.


"Every one of those drivers was putting other road users and themselves at risk," he said.

"It beggars belief that there are so many people showing blatant disregard not only for the law, but for other people's lives."

Five people were arrested after the festival, one at a checkpoint just outside the event.

Two more drivers were found to be over the limit at a checkpoint in Main St, Blenheim, between 10.30am and 1pm on Sunday.

People needed to realise it took more than a few hours to sober up, Mr Feltham said. "If they've consumed a lot of alcohol it's going to take more than a few hours sleep for that to be processed . . . to a point they are safe to drive again."


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