Drink driver caught near primary school loses licence

Photo / Greg Bowker
Photo / Greg Bowker

A man driving near an Auckland primary school at 3pm has lost his licence after he was found to be more than twice the legal limit, police say.

If the man had not been stopped by the checkpoint last Friday, a student could have been seriously hurt, Waitemata road policing manager Inspector Mark Fergus said.

"If a young child, excited about ending the school week, had run out onto the road this driver's judgement and reaction times would have been severely impaired by alcohol," he said.

The man was stopped after a checkpoint was set up on Eban Avenue in Hillcrest last Friday, he said.

Several people expressed surprise at being breath tested during daylight hours, and officers were asked "who would be drunk at this time of the day?"

The man's licence had been suspended for 28 days, and police were waiting for the outcome of a blood sample to lay charges.

- APNZ

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