Family of drunks arrested
Three members of the same Hamilton family were arrested after seperate incidents involving alcohol in the same night.
Acting Sergeant Steve Jones of the Hamilton Strategic Traffic Unit said police stopped a 24-year-old woman on August 4 after members of the Chartwell Community Patrol became concerned about her driving.
She was stopped in King St, Frankton where a preliminary breath test showed she had been drinking. Taken back to the Hamilton Central Police Station she returned a breath alcohol reading of 1228mgms. The legal adult alcohol limit is 400mgms.
"Her licence was automatically suspended for 28 days but instead of being bailed her level of intoxication was such that police kept her in custody to detox, for her own safety."
Mr Jones said the woman's younger sister had been processed for the same offence a short time earlier on the other side of the City.
"At about 9.20pm police received a 111 call about a security guard who had gone to serve a noise abatement notice and been assaulted at a Peachgrove Rd house.
"As officers converged on the area a car was seen leaving and was stopped. The 22-year-old female driver told officers she was the sober driver for a number of older relatives but when breath tested she returned a result of 823mgms, more than twice over the legal limit."
Mr Jones said a man arrested at the property for the assault on the security guard was found to be the partner of the woman stopped driving on King St.
The 22-year-old woman is scheduled to appear in the Hamilton District Court on 21 September on a charge of excess breath alcohol while the 31-year-old man will appear in the same court on an assault charge on 09 September.
The 24-year-old woman will appear in court tomorrow.
"This means that three different members of the same family now face charges for alcohol related offending while a fourth was dealt with by way of pre-charge warning. Older relatives were present when at least two of the offenders were drinking and our message is that it isn't just the police's job to keep people safe, family members need to step up to the mark as well.
"The events on this night had already seen a security guard responding to a member of the public's complaint about noise being assaulted. Had officers on Peachgrove Rd not stopped the younger sister driving or the Community Patrol not told us about the older sister's driving we could have been dealing with far more tragic circumstances."
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