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4September2013

Britain’s highest drink drive breathalyser reading revealed

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A drink driver caught by police was eight times over the legal drink drive limit, a senior officer has revealed.

The unnamed 36-year-old woman was stopped by Cleveland Police in September 2012 in Redcar and tests showed she had 275mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The current legal limit is 35.

The reading was revealed by a Freedom of Information request and published by the Middlesborough Evening Gazette.

Other high readings included a 33-year-old man stopped in March 2012 who gave a breathalyser reading of 149mg.

Ed Turner, temporary Chief Inspector of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: ‘I am shocked and astounded by the level of that particular reading.

‘However that is quite a unique and isolated example. I am delighted we managed to capture and prosecute that person.’

Turner said most people recognise the dangers of drink driving on a night out, but many did not thing about the morning after.

‘You really need to be careful and allow the time for the alcohol to get out of your system before driving.’

Relation article: How drivers in Wales more likely to be breathalysed

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