Blitz nets disqualified driver

A MAN who tried to out-run the law in Coffs Harbour was also drunk behind the wheel, police allege.

His big alcohol reading of .160 was no mean feat, considering he was caught just after 7am.

In a further disgrace, police discovered he was a disqualified driver who wasn’t meant to be back on the road until next year.

Highway patrol police on Thursday clocked the Queenslander’s westbound Holden Commodore at 96kmh in a 50kmh zone in Bray Street and gave chase after he shot past their car on the side of the road.

The escapade came to an abrupt halt, however, when he turned left into Mackays Road and then into a driveway in Wills Street, where he was arrested.

Officers breath-tested the 26-year-old man and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was submitted to a breath analysis.

He was subsequently charged with high-range drink-driving, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and speeding.

Police picked up the man at the start of the month-long road blitz, Operation Cross, which runs until August 1.

Officers from across the North Coast have converged on our city to curb the terrible road toll and cut the number of drink-drivers putting lives at risk.

Coffs/Clarence is officially the worst area command in the State so far this year with 17 fatalities – most of them locals – compared to seven this time last year.

We’re also in the bad books when it comes to accidents involving alcohol.

In fact, suburban Coffs Harbour tops northern NSW with a staggering 128 motorists charged with drink-driving between January and May.

Operation Cross will initially coincide with the NSW school holidays when large numbers of motorists are expected on the Pacific Highway and other major roads.

So watch out for an increase in police presence.

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