Woman drove after booze bus trip

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 15:51 10/09/2012

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A woman was caught behind the wheel of her car after she had been drinking for six hours on a booze bus.

The 19-year-old was pulled over by police for driving erratically on Beach Rd, Kaiapoi, at 11pm on Saturday and blew 1037 micrograms per litre of breath. The limit is 400mcg.

She has been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol and will appear in the Rangiora District Court next Wednesday.

The incident comes amid a spate of drink drivers caught over 1000mcg across Canterbury.

Sergeant Colin Stewart said the woman was stopped after she was seen having trouble staying on her side of the road.

"She'd been on a mystery bus tour. She got off the bus six hours later, she got in her car and made the bad decision to drive," he said.

She lived about 3km away, he said.

Stewart said there was no "grey area" for drivers who blew over 1000mcg.

"They would know they're intoxicated," he said.

Eight drivers were caught over the limit in the Rangiora and Kaiapoi area on Friday and Saturday night.

"It's disappointing, unfortunately we're stopping intoxicated drivers with monotonous regularity," Stewart said.

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