Just a, in hindsight, funny story. No doubt it was scary as hell for the riders at the time though.
'Crazy' drunk driver targets cyclist, misses by a whisker
A DRUNK driver swerved towards a visiting Briton who was cycling in Havelock North on Saturday afternoon - missing him by less than a centimetre.
Singapore-based Neil Thomas was on his way to ride in a Ramblers event with his friend, Hastings osteopath Neil Evans, when a car stopped in front of them at about 1.30pm, and the driver got out and yelled at them for cycling two abreast.
Mr Evans said he told the man, who was obviously under the influence of alcohol, that ``in the highway code we're allowed to ride two abreast'.
The incensed man then chased them, ``engine gunning', swerved in towards them, missing Mr Thomas's pedal by less than a centimetre, swerved back out to the middle of the road then braked heavily before coming to a stop on the side of the road.
It was then that an off-duty police officer who witnessed the incident intervened. The man sped off but was later arrested after giving a reading of 1221 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg. The driver faces numerous charges in the Hastings District Court.
``It was just crazy,' Mr Evans said. ``Here's Neil visiting me, a bloke with a wife and two kids, and he could've been killed.'
Mr Thomas said, ``It all happened so quickly. Trucks often come close but he was obviously trying to go as close as he could .. . it was far too close for comfort.'
When the pair passed the arrest scene and saw the man handcuffed, they were ``relieved to see him off the road', he said.
It was the worst incident in a weekend when 18 people were processed for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Senior Sergeant Ross Smith said the ``police take a zero tolerance to drink-driving'.
``The high numbers of offending drivers this weekend is disappointing and police will increase their efforts in stopping this dangerous trend.'