This isn’t a case of drink driving – surely this is something much worse?


A pregnant woman who fled police after being stopped at a checkpoint on her way home for a night out drinking was “grossly intoxicated”, police say.

The 24-year-old woman, who was also a disqualified driver, failed to stop at the checkpoint in central Nelson, resulting in a short pursuit at about 3.20am, Sergeant David Lauer said.

The woman fled through a 50kmh residential area near Nelson Hospital at speeds of 70kmh for about a kilometre, before being pulled over by police.

She produced a reading of 938 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath – almost four times the new blood alcohol limit.

The woman was three months pregnant and “grossly intoxicated”, Lauer said. 

She had four other passengers in the car and the group were on their way home from a night out drinking.

Lauer said the woman was difficult to deal with given her level of intoxication and she would be facing charges for drink-driving, driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police.

The previous night Nelson police picked up a woman who was driving “well over the legal limit” with a three or four-month old child in the car.

The woman, who had the child in a car-seat in the back of the car, produced a reading of over 600 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than twice the legal limit.

Lauer said the woman realised she had made a stupid mistake deciding to visit a friend across town after drinking.

He said people with children needed to take more responsibility for their actions.

“I dont think either of them gave that [their children’s safety] any consideration, which is quite disturbing.”

“It’s totally unacceptable, putting the lives of young defenceless children at risk through the actions of inconsiderate parents.”

In cases like this has to be some kind of additional charge, like child endangerment, or criminal negligence.   Of course, drivers such as these were already going to be caught under the old drink driving limits.   Sadly, the lowering of the alcohol limits for drivers does absolutely nothing to prevent pregnant feral mothers from putting themselves and others at risk.


– Anna Bradley-Smith, The Nelson Mail

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