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Driver was so drunk he broke police breathalyser during roadside test


Driver is so drunk he BREAKS police breathalyser during roadside test before blowing ‘one of highest readings ever in Northern Ireland’ – as officers brand him a ‘wannabe killer’

  • Police in Northern Ireland pulled over a driver in Tobermore, Londonderry
  • Man attempted to use a roadside breathalyser but the device wouldn’t register
  • He was taken to a station and tested again where he recorded 180 micrograms per 100 millilitres
  • Current legal driving limit for alcohol in UK is 35mg per 100 millilitres of breath 

Police have recorded one of their highest ever breathalyser recordings after pulling over a ‘wannabe killer’ driver.

Officers in Northern Ireland said the intoxicated driver did ‘not seem to care at all’ after they pulled him over in the early hours of Sunday morning in Tobermore, Londonderry.

The driver’s female passenger even ‘roared with laughter’ at the police and complained about how she was going to get home after being caught.

The driver was so drunk that the roadside breathalyser could not register a reading from the inebriated man, the limit to their machines being 220.

Officers from the Police Service Northern Ireland took the drunken man to a station where he was booked in and tested again, blowing a staggering 180 on the machine.

Police suspect this recording to be one of the highest ever drunk driver readings in Northern Ireland and possibly the UK.

The current legal driving limit for alcohol in the UK is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – although Scotland has a lower limit of 22 micrograms.

Police Mid Ulster shared information about the incident onto their Facebook page on Sunday shocked at the scenes that had unfolded.

They said: ‘A real sense of anger here tonight, we have just recorded one of the highest ever drunk driver readings in Northern Ireland and indeed the UK.

‘The breathalyser couldn’t register a reading when he was tested in the car because it was so high (they have a limit of 220).

‘When tested in custody after being taken to the station and booked in, he blew 180 on the evidential machine. The limit is 35.

‘Crews caught this wannabe killer on the Tobermore Road weaving like a snake, he ended up in an innocent person’s garden.

‘It’s a miracle that we don’t have officers calling at someone’s house tonight, to deliver a death message to a family of a loved one who has been mowed down and killed.

‘Not that the drunk at the wheel of this car seemed to care in the slightest, he was so out of it he’d no concept of what was going on.

‘Meanwhile his passenger could barely contain herself as she roared with laughter like it was all some big joke and wanted to know how she was going to get home.

‘One hundred and eiiiighttyyyy’ might sound great at the darts, not going to be so funny when it’s being read out to the judge.’ 

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