Another night; another high-range drink driver caught

Release Date: Wednesday, November 24 2010, 09:22 AM

A 29-year-old female unaccompanied learner driver from Scarborough, Queensland was arrested in the early hours this morning (November 24) with a blood alcohol reading 13 times over the limit.

About 3.30am police were notified of a vehicle being driven dangerously in the vicinity of Hardwick Crescent, Holt.  General Duties members from Belconnen conducted a search of the area and located the vehicle travelling along Southern Cross Drive. The vehicle was weaving from side to side. 

Police conducted a traffic stop and the driver was subjected to a roadside screening test which returned a positive result. She was conveyed to Belconnen Police Station where she returned a breathalyser reading of 0.266 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As the driver holds a learner licence, she is subject to Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.02.

Superintendent of Traffic Operations Mark Colbran said that the recent driving results continue to demonstrate that some people in the community continue to ignore the law and do not care about the possible tragic consequences of their actions.

“This apprehension of another dangerous high range drink driver was greatly assisted by a member of the public phoning police to report the vehicle, including the registration and a detailed description,” Supt Colbran said.

“ACT Policing relies on information from members of the public, and I would encourage everyone to call Police Operations on 131 444 if they observe or believe that someone is drink driving.  Police rely on this public support to help keep our roads safe"

The woman driver was arrested and conveyed to the ACT Watch House. She will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

ACT Policing will continue to target drink drivers across the ACT during November and December.