Man blows breathalyser off the scale

A 25-YEAR-old Pilbara man has been caught behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol reading more than seven times the legal limit.

The man, from the remote community of Jigalong, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, initially blew a reading of 0.400 – the maximum possible recording on a hand-held breathalyser kit.

He then recorded a reading of 0.371 per cent – more than seven times the 0.05 legal blood alcohol level.

Police allegedly found the man in his Hyundai Hatchback with the engine running on the Nimingarra Drive about 1.20am.

The man had allegedly driven more than 100km before he was caught by officers, a police spokesman said.

“It went to a maximum of .400 and then beeped and it wouldn’t go any higher,” First Class Constable Brett Lemmey said yesterday.

“Then he was taken back to the police station where he was given an evidentiary breath-test which is the one they get charged off.”

It’s alleged that when breathalysed a second time, the man blew a reading of 0.371, more than seven times the legal limit.

“We then do a calculation to work out what he was when he was driving . . . at the time of driving he would have been .363,” First Class Constable Lemmey said.

The man, from the remote community of Jigalong, which is 160km east of Newman, has been charged with attempting to drive under the influence and driving without a licence.

He will appear in the Newman Magistrates Court on July 19.



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