A driver stopped by Northland police had drunk so much his alcohol level exceeded the breathalyser's maximum range.
The driver, in his 50s, was spotted swerving back and forth over the centre-line of the road north of Whangarei earlier this year, the Northern Advocate reported.
The breathalyser was unable to give a reading because it only measured blood alcohol levels up to 2000mcg.
But then check this bit out:
The man was blood tested, recording 2290mcg, nearly six times over the legal limit.
This man must be a freak of nature, being able to record breath alcohol in his blood! Do reporters not know that breath alcohol is measured in terms of micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, whereas blood alcohol is measured in terms of milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood? There's a pretty significant difference.
Perhaps we're getting pedantic as we get closer and closer to old age. But we're wondering why the person who wrote this piece didn't ask the obvious question - how much blood did this fellow have in his alcohol? Perhaps the Mayor of North Shore City might have the answer for us!