Driver EIGHT TIMES the legal limit crashes Christmas decorated car

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A woman has been charged after crashing her car while allegedly having eight times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

The 36-year-old driver returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.419 after members of the public spotted a grey VW Polo “driving erratically” on the Barton Highway at Jeir, north of Canberra, on Sunday about 2pm.

Officers searching for the vehicle, registered in the ACT, eventually found it in a ditch on the side of the road.

Car in roadside ditch after drunk driver crashed.
The driver was inside the car uninjured but her blood-alcohol was eight times above the limit. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police Force

The woman, also from the ACT, was uninjured at the scene and after taking a breath test, returned a positive result.

She was taken to the Yass Police Station and underwent a secondary breath test, returning a reading of eight times the legal limit of 0.05.

Hume Highway Patrol said the reading was “well over the threshold for high-range drink driving”.

The woman was charged with high-range drink driving and was stripped of her NSW visiting driving privileges.

An image of her car, which had red tinsel attached to its antenna, in the roadside ditch was shared to Facebook.

Officers had loosely draped some police tape to the vehicle on its road-facing side.

The driver will face court in Yass next month.

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