Monday morning drink driver detected at almost three times the limit


A 31 year old Calwell man has had his drivers licence immediately suspended after he was caught drink driving nearly three times the legal limit.

About 10.26am on Monday morning, road police patrolling Southern Cross Drive, Latham observed a black Toyota Corolla travelling about 35km/h in the 60km/h zone.

He failed a roadside breath test and was conveyed to Belconnen Police station where he returned a reading of .142.

The man will face court at a later date on a level three drink driving charge.

ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hutcheson said this incident was one example why police conduct random breath testing day and night.

“When we launched this latest drink driving campaign last week, I said drivers should remember we can test them anywhere, anytime,” Detective Acting Inspector Hutcheson said.

“Some people may be surprised that we detected someone at almost three times the 0.05 limit on a Monday morning, but that’s why we conduct these operations.”

“This driver was stopped before injuring someone or taking a life, the next drink-driver may not be as lucky. Once again I remind everyone, drinking then driving is an unnecessary risk. Don’t do it.”

ACT Policing has already conducted targeted RBT operations in 16 locations across the ACT in December 2021.

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