Drink drivers nabbed after chases
TWO drivers who tried to dodge random-breath-testing units on the Coffs Coast have wound up in hot water.
The first incident happened at 6pm on Friday on the Pacific Highway outside the Clog Barn, where police allege a Holden Commodore driver failed to stop for a breath test.
He allegedly shot past them at 90km/h and weaved between traffic during a chase south.
Police said he mounted a traffic island at the Marcia Street lights and turned left into Marcia Street. He allegedly tore into Melittas Avenue where he slammed into the kerb and narrowly missed a power pole.
A Toormina man, 29, was arrested at the scene and a subsequent breath analysis revealed a reading of .171.
He was charged with high-range drink driving, failing to stop for a random breath test, speeding, dangerous driving, driving while unlicensed, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, unpaid road tax and driving while drinking alcohol.
Then at 10.50pm on Saturday, police were stationed in Woolgoolga's Beach Street when they saw an eastbound white Holden Commodore speed away from them.
Officers chased the car, which hurtled through town at 120km/h, along Beach Street and Carrington Street before the driver eventually stopped in Market Street.
The 18-year-old Woolgoolga P-plater was arrested at the scene where he was also breath-tested. His breath analysis returned a reading of .114. P-platers are restricted to a zero alcohol reading.
He was charged with mid-range drink driving and will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court.