Driver 5 times over the limit

ATTEMPTS to get the don’t drink and drive message across on the Coffs Coast seem to be failing after a man was caught driving almost five times the legal limit on Good Friday.

The man was among four drivers charged with PCA offences on Friday, but his was clearly the worst.

Coffs Harbour police reported to the Advocate they stopped the 27-year-old man at 4pm on Friday afternoon on Hogbin Drive.

The man returned a breath test reading five times the legal limit at 0.245, which meant he had his licence immediately suspended and he was charged with high-range PCA.

In the early hours of Friday morning police charged a 21-year-old Coffs Harbour man with mid-range PCA after he was pulled over in Hill Street, Coffs Harbour, and returned a blood alcohol test of 0.09.

At 9am on Good Friday morning a 54-year-old Coffs Harbour man was stopped in Harbour Drive. He returned a breath test reading of 0.105 and was charged with mid-range PCA.

Another dangerously drunk driver was pulled up at 5.30pm in Bailey Avenue. That man, aged 39 and from Coffs Harbour, recorded a breath test of 0.225.

He too was charged with high-range PCA and had his licence confiscated.

On Saturday night a 38-year-old man from Woy Woy on the Central Coast was pulled over after being observed driving erratically at Dorrigo. He later refused to submit to a breath test and was subsequently charged with driving recklessly and furiously, intimidating a police officer and failing to submit to breath analysis.

After being held in custody the man was released after a bail court hearing yesterday morning.

At 9am on Sunday a 30-year-old woman from Korora was stopped by police on Hogbin Drive. She returned a low-range breath test of 0.065.

MORE than 10,700 people have been charged with motoring offences in NSW over the Easter weekend. Over 200 people have been charged with drink driving, just over 4300 were charged with speeding offences and a further 6126 for other infringements.



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