A Wagga woman has stunned local police after recording one of the highest blood alcohol readings the city has seen.
Police say a woman was driving with two children in her vehicle when she failed to stop at an accident on Tarcutta Street.
Witnesses reported seeing a grey Ford Falcon sedan lose control heading southbound at the Tarcutta Street roundabout at the Forsyth Street intersection around 5.30pm on Sunday.
It is alleged she mounted a kerb and hit a fence about 100 metres south of the roundabout.
The woman then drove away from the scene with two deflated tyres and parked her car on Day Street, where she left the vehicle on the nature strip near a block of units – putting one of the small children in a stroller before walking away.
Wagga Highway Patrol attended the scene shortly after and arrested a 30-year-old woman.
She was taken to Wagga police station where a breath analysis recorded a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.324 – more than six times the legal limit.
Wagga Local Area Commander Superintendent Bob Noble said the BAC reading was the highest in which he had been associated.
“It’s quite alarming and extremely irresponsible,” Superintendent Noble said.
“Anyone who gets behind the wheel after drinking is not only physically impaired, but their decision-making skills are affected as well.
“You’d only get (a BAC of 0.324) from a sustained period of binge drinking.
“Alcohol is a factor in so many road trauma incidents.
One witness said it was only a matter of luck that no one had been killed.
The woman’s licence was suspended on the spot and she will face Wagga Local Court at a later date.
The two children that were in the vehicle were unhurt in the incident.
“People just have to ask themselves ‘is this the right thing to do’,” Superintendent Noble said.