Cop attacked after drink-driving bust

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Last updated 15:33 17/06/2013

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A woman allegedly punched and kicked a police officer after she was pulled over for drink-driving in North Canterbury.

The 38-year-old from Kaiapoi was stopped on Domain Tce, Waikuku Beach about 11.30pm on Friday.

Her breath-alcohol reading was 976 micrograms per litre.

The legal limit is 400mcg.

Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston said the woman became angry at a police officer  - allegedly kicking him in the leg and punching him in the chest - before she was arrested.

She is scheduled to appear in Rangiora District Court on June 26 charged with assaulting a police officer and drink-driving, Johnston said.

Police say they have noticed a worrying attitude among members of the rural community who believe it is OK to drink and drive.

This month they launched a year-long offensive against the problem, dedicating more resources to rural roads.

The alleged assault on a police officer is the latest in a string of notable drink driving incidents in North Canterbury. 

Last week recidivist offender Campbell Geoffrey Armstrong admitted riding his motorcycle while more than twice the legal limit after attending an alcohol community meeting in Kaiapoi.

Armstrong, 39, a concrete worker, had been caught drink-driving three times previously.

Also in court last week was Glenn Douglas Ivory-Ryder, 29, charged with drink-driving after allegedly nearly crashing into a police car after he veered across the road after he left the Kaikanui Tavern car park in Kaiapoi.

He was remanded without plea until next month.

Woodend resident Joshua Steve Middleton, 43, was caught drink-driving for the ninth time in April. 

He was scheduled to be sentenced last Friday, but it has been put off until September.

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