Drunk driver acts like 'bloody idiot'

HIGHWAY Patrol police charged a man twice in a matter of minutes after he was stopped for a random breath test at Urunga during Operation Go Slow on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old man was stopped on the Pacific Highway at Urunga at 11.40pm and returned a breath test reading of 0.175.

He was issued with a court attendance notice for high-range PCA and had his licence suspended.

Officers then saw the man get into his utility and drive away.

He drove 800m before police were able to stop and arrest him again.

He was charged with a second high-range PCA offence.

Police conducted more than 4000 random breath tests during Operation Go Slow over the Anzac Day weekend, charging more than 100 people with drink driving and more than 1000 with speeding, including some on the Coffs Coast.

One local driver was clocked doing everything but going slow on Saturday, as he zoomed down the Pacific Highway at speeds 62kph over the speed limit.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning the 23-year-old man from Sapphire Beach was detected driving a 2003 Holden Commodore at 162 km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway.

He returned a positive random breath test reading of 0.160. The man was charged with high-range PCA and exceeding the speed limit.

At 11.45pm on Friday night a 24-year-old man was stopped for a random breath test on the Pacific Highway, returning a positive reading of 0.180, the highest recorded in the local area over the weekend.

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

Chief inspector Paul Klievens of Coffs Clarence Police Command said one driver had picked the wrong car to overtake near Woolgoolga on Anzac Day.

The 26-year-old man was detected exceeding the speed limit as he overtook an unmarked police car on the Pacific Highway at 5.22pm Friday.

He was pulled over and police checks showed his licence had been suspended.

At least three other drivers who fell foul of Coffs Coast mobile random breath testing units recorded mid-range PCA readings, had their licences suspended and will also face local courts in the coming weeks, Chief Inspector Klievens said.

A 21-year-old man stopped in Mackays Road at 12.26am on Saturday had his licence suspended after he failed an RBT and returned a 0.090 reading; a 54 year-old-man achieved a similar result after he was stopped in Raleigh Street at 9.20pm on Saturday, failed an RBT and returned a positive reading of 0.090 and a 50-year-old man had his licence suspended after he was stopped on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour at 10.30pm on Saturday and returned a positive reading of 0.100.

A 35-year-old Bellingen woman will face court after she failed an RBT in Church Street at 12.25am on Sunday, recording a positive analysis of 0.060 for a low-range PCA.


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