Drink-driver had baby in the car

Last updated 12:16 02/12/2013

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Police have caught a 21-year-old man drink-driving only three days after regaining his licence, with his eight-month-old son in the car.

The Canterbury man recorded 671 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath when he was pulled over and breath-tested. The legal limit is 400mcg/l.

The man, who had two prior drink-driving convictions, had got his licence back from his latest disqualification only three days earlier.

He had been forbidden from driving for 12 months for his second conviction.

The man will now head back to the Christchurch District Court to face a third or subsequent charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.

"He hadn't learnt his lesson," a police spokesman said.

"Drink-driving is unacceptable. What is even more upsetting is that the man has his 8-month-old son strapped in a car seat in the back seat."

The man's car was impounded and may be subject to court confiscation.

"He realised he'd made a mistake. He was upset and genuinely remorseful for making such an error of judgment."

The man had been swimming on a hot day with his partner and child. He drank some beer, but opted to drive home.

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