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Motorist arrested in Flintshire after being found to be four times over drink drive limit

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2018.

Police arrested a suspected drink driver overnight after being found to be four times over the limit.

Officers from Cheshire and North Wales Alliance Armed Policing unit stopped the 24 year old woman near Northop late on Monday night.

The driver provided a roadside breath test reading of 142ųg, four times over the limit of 35ųg.

Responding to the arrest a shocked member of @CheshNWalesAAP team tweeted: “Driver arrested for drink driving in Northop after Providing a roadside reading of 142!!! Shocking that someone would drive with that amount of alcohol in their system.”

The driver later provided a further reading of 146ųg while in custody.

A roads policing spokesperson said: “An exceptionally high alcohol reading of 146 was given in custody last night after a 24-yr-old woman was arrested by @CheshNWalesAAP.

She has since been charged with #drinkdriving and will appear before Court on the 18th of December.”

North West Motorway Police congratulated the officers for the arrest saying: “Wow 146 – Well done Guys – Great stop – Thank goodness you got this one off the roads.“

North Wales Police began a month-long operation this week against targeting those drivers who driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs

Officers are using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence over the festive period.

Last year’s campaign saw 9,448 drivers breathalysed – with 95 tests either positive, failed or refused. There were also 63 drug related arrests made.

Between January 1st and November 25th 2018, North Wales Police have made 865 drink drive and 656 drug drive arrests.

Over the next month officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Special Constabulary will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week targeting those who are driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Supt Banham added: “Our message is simple; if you are out and know you will be drinking, make sure you have plans for getting home safely without driving.

If you do have to drive, our advice is to avoid alcohol completely. The only safe limit is none.

The current drug driving legislation also makes the process of prosecuting drug drivers much simpler and our rates of prosecution are high. Our message to those drivers would be don’t risk it.

The consequences of being caught can be life-changing. We will remain vigilant to find those drivers who present a risk to other road users.

We are committed to tackling drink and drug driving throughout the year, not just during the Christmas period. So far this year we’ve already made over 800 drink drive and 600 drug drive arrests. Please help us to keep the roads safe this Christmas.

“Information from the public is crucial in tackling the issue, therefore if you know someone who drink or drug drives, please do the right thing and report them by calling us on 101.”

Anybody who has concerns about anybody they believe to be driving under the influence are asked to contact police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing an imminent danger) or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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