Police disappointed at checkpoint results

Wellington Police are disappointed with the results of an alcohol checkpoint in Paraparaumu last night.

A check point was put in place on Mazengarb Road between 7.30pm and 9pm.

A large number of drivers were tested with six being charged and summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Five of those people were processed for excess breath alcohol, ranging between 390 mgms to 701 mgms.

Two of the five were charged for their third and subsequent offence.

One of those, a 55-year-old man was arrested for breaching bail conditions, and is due to appear in the Porirua District Court on Tuesday 12th June.

One disqualified driver was arrested and their vehicle was ordered off the road until a Warrant of Fitness was obtained.

Among those caught drink driving were a husband and wife.

A 54-year-old man was processed for excess breath alcohol of above the legal limit.

He called his wife to collect him but as she drove through the checkpoint to pick him up she was processed for excess breath alcohol, and had an even higher reading than her husband.

The 55-year-old woman has been served a 28 day suspension.

Wellington Road Policing Manager Inspector Jan Craig says it is beyond belief someone would turn up to an alcohol checkpoint, to pick up another drink driver, when they had been drinking themselves.

“It’s alarming that there are still drivers who are willing to risk harming others in the community by driving whilst impaired.

“Our staff are working hard to keep everyone safe on our roads, but we can’t do it alone.

“If you are drinking please plan ahead and organise a sober driver or a taxi to get home safely,” she says.

Issued by the Police Media Centre

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