Woman arrested after warning
AN ALCOHOL impaired motorist, who disregarded police instructions not to drive was later caught drink driving in Coffs Harbour.
The 31-year-old Blacktown woman failed a breath test on the Pacific Highway near Combine Street on Monday afternoon.
Her arrest came an hour and half after a man in the same car was booked by police at Bonville.
The woman became the 34th motorist to be caught over the limit in Coffs Harbour by the police holiday blitz.
She will appear in the local court later this month.
Police say the couple’s Toyota Prado was initially clocked speeding at 129km/h on the highway at Bonville at 2.55pm.
A stationary highway patrol officer indicated for the male drive to pull over before giving chase.
The vehicle was eventually stopped on Archville Station Road after exiting the highway and the woman was found in the driver’s seat.
Sergeant Brett Jackson from Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol said police will allege the male driver had swapped seats with his passenger.
“Licence checks revealed the 47-year-old man from Woy Woy was a disqualified driver,” Sgt Jackson said.
“He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and later returned a mid range reading of 0.114 at the Coffs Harbour Police Station, as well as receiving an infringement notice for speeding.
“Before leaving the scene the highway patrol officer suspected the female passenger was under the influence of alcohol and offered to call her a taxi, which she declined, so she was then ordered not to drive the vehicle.”
But then the Prado was spotted by police on the highway approaching Coffs Harbour at 4.20pm.
The vehicle was stopped and the woman failed a roadside breath test, returning a low range reading of 0.070 at the police station.
“This incident is particularly concerning, along with the large number of drinking driving arrests which have been made locally,” he said.