Wellington Scoop

40-year-old arrested twice in one day for driving on motorway while drunk

News from NZ Police
A 40-year-old man will appear in the Wellington District Court today facing four driving charges, after being caught drink driving twice in the same day.

He will face two charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, driving a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner and driving while suspended.

The man was blocked in near the Terrace Tunnel by members of the public at 3.00pm yesterday afternoon and processed for drink driving. The keys to his vehicle were taken by Police and the vehicle remained at the roadside.

However, some time after being released, the man returned to his vehicle and gained access. His erratic driving was reported to Police by a member of the public at around 6.00pm after they recognised the vehicle from the earlier incident. He was processed for drink driving for a second time and arrested.

Senior Sergeant Richard Hocken of the Wellington District Police Road Policing Group says “It is very concerning that someone would be so determined to take such risks with the lives of other road users. His erratic driving on the busy urban motorway could have easily resulted in a crash.”

“Police thank the members of the public who reported these incidents and assisted with taking this dangerous driver off the roads.”

Drivers can report road incidents which are urgent but not life threatening by calling *555. In an emergency and when there is an immediate risk, drivers should call 111 straight away.

Earlier News from NZ Police
Members of the public blocked a drunk driver on the Wellington urban motorway at about 3pm yesterday. Police were called when a southbound blue SUV was seen weaving across three lanes, hitting the median barrier several times before stopping at the south end of the Terrace tunnel.

Once it had stopped, several vehicles blocked in the SUV and a member of the public grabbed the keys.

A 40 year old man was processed for drink driving.

Police would like to thank the members of the public who blocked the driver.

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