A POLICE officer from Bendigo’s highway patrol has apprehended a man with the highest blood alcohol reading he has seen in his 21 years in the force.
Leading Senior Constable Peter Dyer said the 61-year-old Myers Flat man blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.301, more than six times the legal limit.
“It beggars belief people can get behind the wheel when they are so highly intoxicated and think they are right to drive,” he said.
Leading Senior Constable Dyer said the man had crashed into a train crossing near the intersection of Loddon Valley Highway and Williams Road about 4pm on Saturday.
Leading Senior Constable Dyer said there was minor damage to the car and the man was uninjured.
He said the driver admitted to being a “seasoned drinker”. The man was charged on summons to appear in the Bendigo Magistrates Court at a later date.
He was just one of several drink drivers caught on Bendigo roads over the weekend.
On Friday night a P-plater was twice caught over the limit, two hours apart.
Leading Senior Constable Dyer said the 18-year-old Ballarat man was first intercepted in Elmore after police received reports of erratic driving. He blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.073 and his licence was immediately suspended.
But two hours later he was stopped by Bendigo highway patrol in Napier Street, White Hills, and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.030.
He was charged with drink driving again and driving while suspended,” Leading Senior Constable Dyer said.
At 1.42am on Saturday morning police stopped a 29-year-old man in McCrae Street, Bendigo. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.135 and had his licence immediately suspended.
Leading Senior Constable Dyer said a 28-year-old California Gully man was pulled over at 2.30am on Sunday for driving erratically.
He said the man’s initial breath test was positive but he would not cooperate with police when he was taken back to the station.