Driver allegedly blew six times legal limit

A TIGHES Hill woman blew more than six times the legal blood-alcohol limit, police will allege.

Highway patrol officers stopped the woman’s car on Sunnyside Street in Mayfield about 7pm on Thursday.

Police said the woman, 40, recorded a positive roadside breath test and was arrested.

At Waratah police station she returned a 0.303 breath analysis reading.

She has been charged with high range drink-driving and will face Newcastle Local Court on January 22.

Her licence was suspended on the spot.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Inspector Phil Brooks said the woman’s actions put every road user at risk.

“This woman allegedly told officers she’d consumed two bottles of red wine and three schooners of beer during celebrations for a friend’s birthday,” Inspector Brooks said.

“To get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol – let alone the large amount of wine and beer this woman had allegedly consumed – is extremely dangerous.’’

Extra police remain on the state’s roads over Christmas and New Year.

Double demerit points are in effect for speeding, restraint and helmet offences until 11.59pm on 1 January 2013.