Truckie was 14 times over legal limit

By CRAIG McTEAR

A COFFS HARBOUR truckie drove on the Pacific Highway more than 14 times over the blood alcohol limit, police allege.

At 7.05pm on Monday, police received worrying reports about a 16-tonne refrigerated truck heading north at Urunga.

Police allege the driver was travelling in a suspicious manner and swerving into oncoming traffic.

Officers attempted to stop the truck near Pine Creek, but when the driver failed to heed their directions, they chased him to just south of Coffs Harbour.

They allege he had driven erratically during the northbound pursuit.

Police breath tested the driver, who returned a positive reading.

They arrested him and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where a breath analysis returned a reading of .285.

The legal limit truck drivers must observe is .02, half that of car drivers.

A Coffs Harbour man, 36, was bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on January 7 on a charge of high-range drink-driving.

His licence was immediately suspended.

The current blood alcohol limits for NSW drivers are split into three categories.

Zero, 0.02, and 0.05.

The limits which apply are dependent on the category of licence and the type of vehicle being driven.

However, the RTA does advise that even if your legal limit is above zero it is recommended that you don't drink any alcohol if you plan to drive.

Zero applies to:! l All learner drivers.! l All Provisional 1 drivers.! l All Provisional 2 drivers.

0.02 applies to:! l Drivers of vehicles of 'gross vehicle mass' greater than 13.9 tonnes.! l Drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods.! l Drivers of public vehicles such as taxi or bus drivers.

The 0.05 limits apply to all other licences that are not subject to the 0.02 or zero limits.



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