Woman blows 0.335, one of six high-range drink drivers charged across NSW

A woman has returned a breath-analysis reading of 0.335, one of six high-range drink drivers caught by police across NSW over the weekend.

The 23-year-old woman was stopped by officers attached to Chifley Police District about 11.40am yesterday (Sunday 10 May 2020), after complaints about a vehicle being driven erratically through streets of Kelso, in the state’s Central West.

When the woman returned a positive roadside breath test she was arrested and taken to Bathurst Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.335. She has been granted conditional bail to face Bathurst Local Court on Monday 13 July 2020. Her licence was also suspended.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said incidents like these horrified police, and should cause alarm in other road users.

“It is inconceivable that any driver – young or old, country or city – could think it was acceptable behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“The choices being made by these drivers puts every person on the road at risk.

“This is irresponsible driver behaviour of the worst kind,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Details of the five other incidents are:

• A 39-year-old man has been charged after allegedly being found asleep in his car stopped at traffic lights at Kyeemagh shortly before 10pm on Saturday (9 May 2020). Officers from Central Metropolitan Highway Patrol were called to the intersection of General Holmes Drive and Bestic Street and arrested the man when he returned a positive roadside breath test. He was taken to Sutherland Police Station where he returned an alleged BAS reading of 0.257. He’s been bailed to appear in Sutherland Local Court on 21 July 2020. His licence has been suspended.

• A second woman, also aged 23, was stopped about 12.25am on Saturday (9 May 2020), by officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District due to not having rear lights. When the woman returned a positive roadside breath test she was arrested and taken to Mudgee Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.192. She is due to appear in Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

• A 34-year-old man was stopped about 11.55am on Saturday (9 May 2020), by officers from Chifley Police District, when they stopped a black Holden Commodore on Mulyan Street, Cowra. The driver was unable to provide a sample roadside and he was arrested and taken to Cowra Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.189. He will appear at Cowra Local Court on Monday 27 July 2020.

• A man, also aged 34, was stopped on Morgan Street, Broken Hill, about 10.45pm on Saturday (9 May 2020), by officers attached to Barrier Police District, and returned a positive roadside breath test. He was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.174. He is due to appear in Broken Hill Local Court on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

• A 52-year-old man was stopped on Hope Street, Bourke, about 12.10am on Saturday (9 May 2020), by officers attached to Central North Police District. When the man returned a positive roadside breath test, he was arrested and taken to Bourke Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.160. He is due to appear at Cowra Local Court on Thursday 9 July 2020.

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