CRIME BRIEFS

CHB Mail - - News - BY GLYNN SHARP Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble

■ On Satur­day night May 26, a male driver was stopped on Charles St in Taka­pau and breath tested. He re­turned a read­ing of 683 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath, well over the limit. He had six pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink driv­ing and is un­der a cour­tordered Zero Al­co­hol Driv­ing li­cence. He has put his lib­erty at risk this time. ■ On Mon­day, May 28 a ve­hi­cle did a U-turn at the in­ter­sec­tion of Jel­li­coe St and Tav­i­s­tock Rd in Waipuku­rau. It was over­cast and quite dark at that stage of the even­ing. The driver looked left and right be­fore mak­ing the turn, but failed to see a dark-coloured car trav­el­ling north on Tav­i­s­tock Rd with its head­lights off. The col­li­sion caused se­ri­ous dam­age to both ve­hi­cles. The driver of the dark-coloured ve­hi­cle fled the scene, and it was later found that the ve­hi­cle had been writ­ten off the road in Oc­to­ber of 2017 due to its non­road­wor­thy con­di­tion.

■ There are far too many driv­ers who fail to switch on their head­lights in the late af­ter­noon. It is dan­ger­ous, par­tic­u­larly when there are other ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling be­hind them with their lights on, as it makes them dif­fi­cult to see. Re­mem­ber the phrase “Sun gone, lights on”.

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