Speeding, Drunk Parent Stopped With Kids In The Car

A New Zealand mother who was more than DOUBLE the alcohol limit was pulled over by police yesterday afternoon going about 76mph with her two toddlers in the car and a sports bottle filled with wine.

[From stuff.co.nz]

“As the police officer approached the driver, a 45-year-old woman from Lower Hutt, it was apparent…(she) had consumed alcohol,” said Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery, officer in charge of the Central District Highway patrol.

Police said the driver told them she had been drinking since 11.30am that morning.

“Present in the vehicle was a sports drink bottle containing wine, which it appears that the driver was drinking from during her journey. The added concern was that in the vehicle at the time were two small children both under four years of age, and that this driver had travelled from Taranaki and was heading to Lower Hutt.”

Burbery said the circumstances were “a tragedy waiting to happen”.

“This was a wet and dark night…. I am of the opinion that my highway patrol officer possibly prevented a serious crash and saved someone be it the driver, the innocent children in the vehicle or some other road user from serious injury or death.”

The women will appear in Court later this month, on a drink-driving charge.