Drunk mum hits pole

A Christchurch mother crashed into a power pole while drink-driving with three young children in her car and tried to drive off, police say.

The 28-year-old woman hit a power pole in Bower Ave, New Brighton, about 2.20pm yesterday.

She had a reading of 1409 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal breath-alcohol limit is 400mcg for drivers over 20.

Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said there were three children in the car under the age of five, including one who was unrestrained.

''Fortunately, the vehicle was travelling slowly and nobody was injured, but this driver is recklessly putting children's lives at risk by driving drunk and not using restraints.''

He said the driver tried to drive off after hitting the pole but was stopped by a member of the public who reached in, removed the car keys and called police.

''It is absolutely and totally unacceptable,'' Stewart said. ''She has shown no remorse. She is just charging ahead.''

He said the driver was issued with an immediate suspension and had been charged with driving excess breath-alcohol. Further charges were likely.

The case has also been referred to Child, Youth and Family.

Stewart said someone must have known the woman was driving drunk.

''We need people to speak up and take action over drink-drivers,'' he said.

The Press