Speeding and alcohol, yet more than a little over the limit

Police are stunned a woman who was almost five times over the drink-driving limit – and speeding – did not kill anyone.

Yeah.  That doesn’t fit the narrative, does it?  Speeding and drinking and she didn’t kill herself and others.

Constable Tim Shearer, of Waimate, said police had been alerted to a vehicle driving dangerously after receiving a *555 call.

The Timaru woman, 43, was stopped by police doing 149kmh at 4.15pm on State Highway 1, about 40km south of Timaru.

It was “scary” the woman was on SH1, Shearer said.

“I received the complaint and went looking for her and then she drove past me at 149kmh. I turned around, chased her and caught up. And when I pulled her over she was smashed,” Shearer said.

The woman blew 1201mcg in an alcohol breath test.

Surely she had killed someone?  149 km/h?   And blind drunk?  

Senior Sergeant Mark Offen was disturbed by the behaviour of the woman, who chose to get behind the wheel.

“All the risk factors were there. It is more than disappointing. In those circumstances it was surprising it didn’t end in police having to knock on someone’s door to notify of injury or death.”

Offen believed it was time for drivers to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

He was unable to say what the woman was charged with, but he believed dangerous driving would be a guarantee, and it could be increased to reckless driving once all inquiries were completed.

Well, it goes to show, you can’t use a single occasion to prove a long term trend.  Just as well the police are ticketing all those people going 51 km/h and 101 km/h because that’s where the deaths must be occurring then.


– Timaru Herald

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