Four times over limit: road spikes used to halt drink driver

A WOMAN involved in a high-speed pursuit and minor crash on the Pacific Hwy was allegedly nearly four times over the blood alcohol limit.

About 9.30am yesterday, a silver Ford Territory travelling north on the highway was reported driving in an erratic manner near Woolgoolga.

Highway Patrol attempted to stop the vehicle and engaged in a pursuit, which ended near Halfway Creek when the car was involved in a minor collision with the car in front of it.

Police stopped to render assistance to the other vehicle, which luckily received only minor damage.

No injuries were recorded.

The female driver was engaged in a second pursuit by police shortly after

ward at Glenugie. It ended near Four Mile Ln when road spikes were successfully deployed to stop the vehicle.

Police allege speeds reached up to 160km/h during the pursuit.

The driver, a 40-year-old woman from Bellevue Hill in Sydney, returned a positive reading on a preliminary breath test.

She was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where a subsequent breath test allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of .192.

Further inquiries showed that she was a suspended driver, having been arrested for a high-range drink-driving offence the previous night in the Newcastle region.

She has been charged with driving while suspended, dangerous driving, failing to submit to a breath test, and high range PCA.

The 40-year-old was refused bail and was expected to appear before a magistrate at Grafton yesterday.


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