Alleged crash drink-driver ‘had kiddies in the car’


A Frankton woman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday accused of drink driving with two children as passengers. 

The hairdresser was charged after turning up at Queenstown Police Station on Monday afternoon. 

The woman was arguing with another motorist about who caused a minor collision near Fresh Choice supermarket on Gorge Road. 

When officers breath-tested her, she allegedly gave a reading of 536 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400. 

Queenstown senior constable Chris Blackford says: “The report says she had two child passengers. 

“It’s quite scary that a motorist is found to be allegedly intoxicated in the vicinity of a school and supermarket at that time of day. 

“I wonder how many people saw her making her way to a vehicle.” 

The two children, said to be in the Mitsubishi stationwagon at the time, are thought to be aged about five and eight. 

The crash happened about 5pm on Hylton Place. The woman’s car had collided with the one in front on a small incline. 

“She maintains the other driver rolled into her, while the man says she drove into the rear of his car,” Blackford says. 

The Frankton woman is due to appear in Queens­town District Court on Monday.