68-year-old over limit again

02:46, Sep 19 2012

A 68-year-old man found grossly intoxicated and driving for the second time in just under two weeks is expected to appear in the Alexandra District Court tomorrow on two charges of drink-driving.

Sergeant Dave Greaves, of Alexandra, said the message not to drink-drive has not got through to man who was arrested for the second time in 13 days on Monday.

Police pulled the man over, in the Half Mile area, and a breath test recorded a breath alcohol level of 1120mcg. The limit is 400mcg.

On September 5 the man was pulled over after concerned members of the public contacted police.

On that occasion the man recorded a reading three-and-a-half times the legal limit of 1480mcg.

‘‘It’s disappointing to see the message hasn’t got through to this individual,’’ Mr Greaves said.

On both occasions members of the public had alerted police after the man had got into his car and drove after drinking heavily.

‘‘We would like to thank the public that alerted us that the man was driving,’’ he said.

The man will also face a charge of driving while suspended when he appears in court tomorrow.


The Southland Times