ONE intoxicated man nearly crashed a car into someone’s bedroom while the other was so drunk he couldn’t talk, let alone drive.
Myrtleford police Sgt Paul Evans has had enough of drink driving in his town.
“This is the height of ignorance and arrogance when they do this,” Sgt Evans said.
“These high readings are shockers.”
The most recent drink-driver crashed in Myrtleford’s streets on Tuesday about 8pm.
Police said a Holden sedan was travelling east on Mummery Road when, on a right-hand turn into Standish Street, the driver lost control, over-corrected, clipped a gutter, slid into the middle of the road, mounted a footpath backwards and almost crashed into a house.
“If there had been any pedestrians on the footpath they would’ve been cleaned up,” Sgt Evans said.
Officers said the car, with three occupants, did not stop and police later found it at a home about 100 metres away after residents reported the crash.
Police breath-tested the alleged driver, who returned a reading of .132, more than twice the legal limit.
Sgt Evans said the driver, a Myrtleford man, 42, told police he thought he was under the limit and less intoxicated than his friend who owned the car.
Police said the trio were on their way to get more alcohol.
The driver’s licence was immediately suspended and he will face court pending summons for charges including driving a vehicle in a manner dangerous and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.
It comes only a fortnight after another Myrtleford man was detected with more than five times the alcohol limit in his system while driving.
Police said passers-by saw a Nissan Navara being driven erratically on Saturday, March 2, about 9.30pm on the Buffalo River Road in Myrtleford.
The man, who police said had been out fishing, was breath tested.
Officers said the man, 30, returned a reading of .228 and was struggling to talk.
His licence was suspended on the spot and he will face court pending summons.
Sgt Evan praised the community for reporting the incidents.
He also implored drink drivers to stop their dangerous behaviour.