Drunken disorder horrifies police

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2013

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Police are horrified by a weekend of alcohol-fuelled disorder in Timaru, which included eight drink-driving charges.

Sergeant Ian Howard, of Timaru, said that in one shift alone five people were processed for drink-driving, with two youths - who are subject to a zero limit - blowing above 900mcg: more than twice the adult level.


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"We continue to be shocked by the level of alcohol-fuelled offending - it is disgraceful. Maybe it is because it is the height of summer and people are drinking more.

"We are disturbed by the high readings and young age of drink-drivers. The message is not getting through.

"There will be more checkpoints and zero tolerance until the message gets through."

On Friday night a 63-year-old Timaru man refused to provide a blood sample. Police said the man has eight previous drink-driving convictions.

Other arrests were for fighting, urinating in a public place and breaching the liquor ban.

A Timaru youth, 16, was taken home after being found grossly intoxicated at 1am yesterday and at 6am a 17-year-old woman was taken in for detox.

"The parents of young people need to control their drinking levels," Mr Howard said.

Friday:

● At 4pm a Timaru man, 45, was processed for drink driving; he blew 600mcg.

● A Timaru man, 30, stopped at a checkpoint was processed for drink-driving, he blew 570mcg.

● At 11pm a Timaru man, 63, refused to provide a blood sample. He has eight previous drink-driving convictions.

Saturday:

● At 2.50am a Timaru man, 21, was processed for drink-driving. He blew 490mcg.

● A Timaru man, 36, was processed for drink-driving, he blew 900mcg but elected to provide a blood sample.

● At 3am, two Timaru men, 19 and 34, were arrested for fighting outside a Timaru bar. Both were issued pre-charge warnings.

● A 24-year-old Timaru man was warned for breaching the liquor ban.

● A Timaru man, 27, was processed for drink-driving at 7.30pm. He blew 500mcg.

● At 8pm a Timaru man, 22, was caught stealing alcohol from a chiller at a Timaru bar.

● A Pareora man, 18, will get a pre-charge warning for urinating on a Stafford St door.

● Two Timaru men, aged 19 and 21, were warned for breaching the liquor ban.

Sunday:

● A Timaru man, 29, was warned for breaching the liquor ban.

● At 1am a Timaru youth, 16, was taken home after being located on Evans St grossly intoxicated.

● A Timaru woman, 18, blew 900mcg at 12.25pm on Stafford St. There is a zero limit for drivers under 20.

● A Timaru man, 24, located in Stafford St with alcohol, was arrested for breaching the liquor ban.

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● A Timaru woman, 19, was arrested for breach of the peace.

● A Pleasant Point man, 19, was arrested for breaching the liquor ban and trespass in Waimate.

● A Timaru woman, 18, was assaulted by two women outside a Timaru bar. Inquiries are continuing.

● At 1am three Timaru women aged 19, 20 and 21 were warned for breaching the liquor ban on Stafford St.

● At 2am a Timaru man, 19, was processed for drink-driving. He blew 1055mcg. There is a zero limit for drivers under 20.

● At 3am a Timaru woman, 20, had a bottle thrown at her while walking along Stafford St causing a small cut to her ear. She was taken to hospital. Inquiries are continuing.

● At 6am a Timaru woman, 17, was located intoxicated and drinking vodka on Craigie Ave. She was arrested for detox treatment.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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