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Seven times over limit

A JUBILEE Pocket man recorded what is believed to be the highest blood alcohol reading in the state over Easter when he blew 0.368 per cent last Thursday.

The 40-year-old man will face Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

He was intercepted on the main street of Airlie Beach at about 5.40pm on Thursday.

The man was one of only three drivers to be charged with drink driving in the Whitsundays over the Easter period in what police have described as a good Easter for driver and general behaviour.

"With only one minor accident and no injuries police are pretty satisfied with the Easter period," Sergeant Simon Walter said.

Whitsunday Police conducted 217 breath tests over the weekend.

There was one minor traffic accident on Waterson Way on Easter Sunday and 10 traffic notices were issued for offences including speeding.

Sgt Walter also said police were happy with the behaviour of revellers over the Easter weekend.

Only two people – both French tourists – were asked to move on after licensed premises closed at midnight on Thursday night.

This was in stark comparison to last year when 14 people were arrested for a variety of street offences over the Easter weekend with Officer in Charge of Whitsunday Police Senior Sergeant Steve O’Connell describing behaviour at the time as "atrocious".

"We are pleased with the general behaviour at closing time which was quite good as opposed to last year," Sgt Walter said.


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