A drunk driver who has been arrested for exceeding the limit almost seven times has gone to court.
A driver who recorded one of the highest breath alcohol measurements in the country was sentenced to nine months of supervision.
Saffron Janis Paris, 37, pleaded guilty to a DUI charge when she appeared before District Magistrate Simon Heal at Dunedin District Court on Monday afternoon.
On the evening of Tuesday, November 8, in the Dunedin suburb of Mornington, after members of the public reported seeing multiple near-misses with her car crossing the road, crossing the centerline, and with parked cars. I was stopped by the police.
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She admitted to drinking when police stopped her. Paris recorded a breath alcohol reading of 1707 micrograms per liter of breath (mcg). The legal limit is 250mcg for her.
The court heard that she had stopped taking prescription drugs at the time of the incident, which confused her during the incident.
That included thinking she was driving to work in the morning.
“I don’t want it to happen again,” Heal told her.
She was sentenced to nine months of supervised conviction and required to complete drug and alcohol treatment.
Additionally, she was deprived of her driving license for 28 days and was able to apply for an alcohol interlock license that would qualify her for a zero alcohol license.
The highest breath alcohol concentration ever recorded in the Southern District was 1621mcg in 2018.
Data from Public Information Act Requests from thing Five years into 2017, some of the worst drunk driving cases in the country have come to light.
This included motorists who returned a breath alcohol reading of 2235mcg on Tasman in 2020. This is almost nine times the legal limit.
The highest breath alcohol reading in Canterbury was 1900mcg in 2019.