Man Caught Allegedly Drunk Driving Twice in Three Hours

Police in the Australian state of New South Wales allege that they caught a man operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol twice in the span of three hours on Thursday, according to 9news.com.au. The man, who was identified by The South Coast Register as a 40-year-old resident of the town of Sussex Inlet, has been charged with high-range drunk driving and driving with a suspended license.

A man takes a breathalyzer test.
A man takes a breathalyzer test. The test is used to determine whether you are too drunk to drive. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/Getty Images

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. local time yesterday morning, members of the local highway patrol were called to a property near the major road of Princes Highway to investigate a complaint about a car that was parked in the driveway, blocking access to an adjacent quarry. Neither 9news.com.au nor the Register revealed the make or model of the car.

When officers arrived at the scene, they administered a breathalyzer test to the car's driver. The test came back positive.

Accordingly, officers arrested the man and took him to nearby Nowra Police Station, where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.205. At the station, he was issued a license suspension and a court attendance notice before he was allowed to leave.

But apparently he didn't learn his lesson.

Right before 10 a.m. yesterday, roughly two and a half hours after the initial report, officers noticed the same man driving on Princes Highway. They pulled him over and administered another breathalyzer test, which he again failed.

Back at the station, the man allegedly blew 0.255, which is more than five times the legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit. He was then charged with high-range drunk driving and driving with a suspended license.

The man, who was granted conditional bail, is set to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday, June 7.

The case has some eerie similarities to another that made the news earlier this year.

In January, a 50-year-old New South Wales man was caught allegedly drunk driving twice in three hours, according to The Australian. Worse, he wasn't even legally permitted to drive: his license had expired in 1998.

Around noon on January 14, the man crashed his Nissan Navara into a drainage ditch. At the police station, he was allegedly found to have a BAC of 0.129.

Later that day at approximately 2:30 p.m., the man was found parked in a rural driveway following complaints that a driver was behaving dangerously on Olympic Highway. At the station, he was allegedly found to have a BAC of 0.211. Like the 40-year-old man, he was charged with high-range drunk driving and driving with a suspended license and, like the 40-year-old man, was granted conditional bail before his court appearance.