Double trouble for Coffs pair

A NIGHT out on Saturday ended with double trouble for two young Coffs Harbour men.

It started when Coffs Harbour police stopped a car on Hogbin Drive North near Watsonia Avenue to give the driver a random breath test about 12.15am.

The 18-year-old driver tested positive to a breath test. Police said subsequent checks showed he was also a disqualified driver, so he was arrested and put in the back of a police car. The driver’s 19-year-old passenger reportedly became upset and scuffled with police until he was sprayed with capsicum spray. Meanwhile, police say the driver jumped out of the back of the police car and ran off into the bush.

His passenger was taken back to Coffs Harbour police station as an intoxicated person and charged with two offences.

The driver handed himself in to police yesterday and was charged with drink driving, driving while disqualified, driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and escaping police custody.

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