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Two concerned motorists managed to stop the vehicle of a suspected drunk driver in Ballina on Sunday night, thanks largely to a very timely flat tyre.

The pair didn’t quite make a citizen arrest, but they were instrumental in helping police catch up with the driver, and get her off the road.

One witness, who had been following the erratically driven vehicle northeast along Angels Beach Drive at East Ballina, called police via 000 about 8pm to report the accused’s dangerous driving, which is believed to have included swerving into oncoming traffic.

The 43-year-old Alstonville woman driver was breath-tested by police before being arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

There she returned a high reading and was charged with high-range drink driving.

Just prior to the motorists’ efforts, the car had apparently been swerving back and forth across the road when it mounted the kerb causing a tyre to blow.

This gave the two motorists their best chance of stopping the vehicle, which they did at the intersection of Angels Beach Drive and the Coast Road, East Ballina, by blocking the car’s path with their cars.

By that stage the pursued vehicle had been running on only three tyres, the flat one being down to its rim, and that’s where it all came to an end.

The driver’s car was blocked and she was kept under observation by the witnesses until the police arrived a short time later.

She was breath-tested before being arrested and taken to Ballina police station.

At the station she returned a high reading on the second breath analysis and was charged with driving with a high-range PCA.

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