High range drink driving: Cops astonished someone wasn’t killed

Share Canberra's trusted news:

POLICE are “astonished” that someone wasn’t seriously injured or killed after they caught a man driving more than seven times over the legal blood alcohol limit early this morning (September 17). 

Officers were conducting mobile patrols in Hughes when they observed a white Toyota Corolla sedan, driven by a 37-year-old Wanniassa man, allegedly fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Denison Street and Carruthers Street.

Police stopped the car and the man underwent a roadside alcohol screening test which returned a positive result. He was then taken to Woden Police Station where where he returned a blood alcohol content of 0.351.

The driver was served with a 90-day Immediate Suspension Notice. He was also charged with drink driving, failing to stop at an intersection and breaching bail.

Officer in charge of Woden Police Station, detective acting inspector Chris Ball was baffled by the irresponsible nature of the driver’s behaviour.

“I can’t understand what goes through someone’s head thinking it’s okay to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, particularly at the level of intoxication of this driver,” inspector Ball said.

“It is astonishing that someone hasn’t been seriously injured or killed due to this driver’s incredibly stupid decisions.”

The man will face charges at the ACT Magistrates Court.



Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleNew spaces for Belco Arts Centre
Next articlePolice search nature reserve for long-term missing man

Leave a Reply