Police landed a helicopter on the beach in North Side to intercept a suspected drink driver after reports of a BMW being driven erratically on Rum Point Road.

Emergency services received multiple calls about the vehicle before it was spotted by the flight crew on the side of the road.

According to a statement from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the ground patrol was a “few minutes away” so a decision was taken to land the helicopter and drop off one of its crew to respond.

The driver of the vehicle was hostile to the police officer and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and making threats to kill as well as drugs offenses, according to the police statement.

The 39-year-old man, from George Town, had a blood-alcohol content of .225 percent – more than twice the legal limit – according to police

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A second person was arrested the same evening for a separate DUI offense with a blood-alcohol level of .248 percent.

“The degree of intoxication we are continuing to see by some who are deciding to get behind the wheel continues to alarm us,” said Acting Chief Inspector Everton Spence, with oversight for the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit. “What I would like to highlight and encourage in this incident, however, is the fact that members of the public saw a person driving erratically and called 911.

“Most people with such a high level of intoxication behave in an obvious way, and it is up to all of us to intervene and prevent them from harming themselves or others.”

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