Boozy drivers blight roads

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014

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Booze has marred another weekend on Timaru roads.

While young drivers were not getting the message last week, police recorded significantly high readings from older drivers this weekend, with one motorist refusing even to give a blood sample at Timaru Hospital.

The Timaru woman was stopped about 3.30pm on Saturday after a member of the public complained about her driving.

Police said she refused to give a breath test and was taken to the station where she continued to refuse a test. She later refused to take a blood test at the hospital and was charged with refusing a doctor's request for blood.

On Saturday evening, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Wai-iti Rd and Selwyn St.

Constable Tim Shearer said one of the vehicles had driven through a red light and failed to stop at the crash scene.

No one was injured but the vehicle was stopped a short time later on Hillview Cres after a member of public complained about it swerving across the road.

The driver was breath tested and blew 1239 micrograms per litre of breath.

A Timaru woman, 39, was stopped on Glen St for drink driving on Saturday and blew 974 micrograms per litre of breath. She was found to be a forbidden driver and her vehicle was impounded.

A Timaru man, 40, was stopped for drink driving on Evans St and blew 465 micrograms per litre of breath.

Mr Shearer described the weekend's drink driving numbers as "bad".

It follows a message from Timaru police last week that more drink drivers are being caught as their focus on the problem has increased.

Meanwhile, other alcohol related incidents dealt with by Timaru police over the weekend included a Timaru man found sleeping on the footpath in James St. He was taken to the station for detox.

A Timaru man, 31 was arrested and charged for disorderly behaviour outside a Timaru nightclub.

POLICE GIVE MAN EDICT

A wedding procession drew the attention of Timaru police on Saturday.

Three vehicles, two Holdens and a Valiant, with the bride, groom and wedding party were travelling through the Scenic Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

The Holden saloon travelling at the front of the procession stopped beside the BMX freestyle jump park in the reserve.

One of the passengers jumped out and proceeded to relieve himself on the road in front of startled onlookers, including children and youths at the jump park.

The procession moved along Quarry Rd towards Otipua Rd after five minutes.

A police vehicle came down the road about the same time and was stopped by a member of the public who complained.

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Police then followed the procession and stopped the motorcade near the intersection of Quarry and Otipua roads where the culprit put his hand up straight away.

He was warned by the police that his behaviour was unacceptable.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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