SHOCKING figures released by police show more than 100 drink-drivers prosecuted in Gloucestershire were at least four times the legal limit in the last five years.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – and seven motorists were breath tested at over 200mg, almost six times the legal limit.
After a request made by the Gloucester Citizen under the Freedom of Information Act, Gloucestershire Constabulary said 119 drivers were recorded by the force as drink-driving at over 140mg in 100ml of breath in the last five years.
The highest reading was 238mg – 6.8 times the legal limit.
That reading headed a top ten of 235mg, 225mg, 224mg, 220mg, 213mg, 209mg, 199mg, 198mg and 192mg.
The figures were taken from breath testing using the equipment in police station custody suites, following roadside breath tests.
The highest reading in Britain is believed to be 275mg, taken from a driver by Cleveland police.
Inspector Kevin Roseblade, the head of roads policing in Gloucestershire, said he took a woman off the road after she was caught at more than four times the legal limit.
She was asleep at the wheel of her car in Brimpsfield, he said.
The reading of 167 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath is the highest he has seen in his career.
“Her car had stalled in the middle of a junction and people nearby had become concerned,” said Insp Roseblade.
“She was actually asleep at the wheel, in the road. I tried to rouse her and when she woke up, she blew 167.
“Clearly she’d drunk copious quantities of alcohol, apparently from mid-afternoon until 11pm. I saw her at 12.30am.”
Incredibly, she was caught drink-driving again, around a week later.
“She was an alcoholic and she was caught again about a week after I breathalysed her. She was sent to prison.”
In 2010, a Stonehouse motorist who gave a breath test reading of 158mg told the court he drank six pints of lager, “some spirits”, then six cans of cider before driving his van.
The magistrate who sentenced him said it was the highest reading he’d seen and he was a “lucky man not to be going to prison” before he banned him from driving for four years.
And a driver now serving a seven-year jail sentence for causing a crash which killed two people near Stroud in 2009 had consumed at least seven pints of cider and was estimated to have had between 100 and 180 mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mgs in blood.