Police pounce on takeaway drivers


FAST food was the common denominator in the charging of two Western Port drink-drivers last week.

A Baxter woman will be charged after being found in Somerville with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

Hastings police spotted the woman in a fast food drive through on Eramosa Rd, 1am, Monday 4 January.

The 33-year-old was breath tested and returned a reading of 0.202 per cent. She will be charged on summons.

Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb said the intercept was potentially a lucky escape for both the woman and the community. “With a blood alcohol level this high, we are simply lucky that our road toll is not higher this morning,” he said.

“Fortunately for everybody concerned and the community as a whole, diligent and observant policing prevented a potential fatality occurring last night.”

In another incident, a Crib Point man got minimum chips after his car was impounded, Thursday 7 January.

Police had responded to a report of a vehicle swerving all over the road just before 9.30pm. It was intercepted on Stony Point Rd and the driver, who had just picked up some take-away fish and chips, was breath tested and returned a positive reading. He was taken to the police station for an evidentiary breath test and his reading was 0.222.

The 41 year old, who is also unlicensed, had his car impounded for 28 days. He will be charged on summons with drink driving related offences.

First published in the Western Port News – 12 January 2016


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