Ballarat driver had a .214 reading

A DRINK driver was caught more than four times over the limit while two other drivers had their vehicles impounded in what was otherwise a largely incident free New Years Eve in Ballarat.

Ballarat Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Travis Johnson said a 60-year-old Ballarat man was picked up by police on Drummond Street South about 7.30pm before he allegedly produced a blood alcohol reading of 0.214.

He said police also impounded a car after the driver, 30, was seen doing burnouts in the Willow Grove area in Wendouree.  A second vehicle was then impounded after an unlicensed driver, in his 20s, was arrested over allegations of other driving offences.Acting Sergeant Johnson said the number of offending drivers was disappointing.

“The main concern is that the message isn’t getting through to some people,” he said.

“These are the type of people that need to be removed from our roads.”

He said the drink driving was particularly concerning.

“Any reading is unacceptable but .214 is dangerous,” Acting Sergeant Johnson said.

“It was just fortunate that their was no collision or other circumstances. 

“At that reading it’s really out of the driver’s hands as to what could happen, it’s risking danger.”

Police said New Years Eve revellers were otherwise well behaved with only one person locked up for drunkenness. There were no reports of violence.