Open bottle of wine found in alleged drink-driving mum’s car


A Queenstown mother processed for drink-driving at three-and-a-half times the legal limit had been in her car for two hours before police found her.

The 36-year-old woman was discovered sitting in her vehicle, parked in the middle of the road in Wakatipu Heights, at 6.38pm on Saturday.

There was an open bottle of red wine in the centre console, sergeant Blair Duffy claims.

She was taken to the police station where she produced a reading of 1398 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

“That’s just a massive result,” Duffy says.

“The car was sitting in the middle of the road for two hours before anyone reported it.

“If something doesn’t appear to be quite right or people have got concerns about something, don’t hesitate to call the police,” he adds.

“There was a chance she could have driven off there and killed herself or somebody else.”

The woman had her licence instantly suspended for 28 days and is due to appear in Queenstown District Court next Monday.