P-plater blows almost three times legal limit

A PORTLAND P-plater has an unwanted date with a Magistrate,

 after after being caught drink driving early Sunday morning with a reading almost three times the legal limit.

Sergeant Ryan Nelson, of the Portland Highway Patrol Unit, said divisional van officers made a routine check of a driver about 4am in Portland on Sunday morning.

He said the 20-year-old recorded a positive preliminary breath test and soon after an evidentiary test revealed a reading of .141 - almost three times the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.

"It is a big reading considering that P-plater have a zero alcohol condition on their licences," he said.

"To be intercepted and record such a high reading is stunning. Fortunately there were no other offences and the driver will now appear in the Portland Magistrates Court on a date to be fixed.

"The message is clear - if you drink and drive you will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he said.

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