P-plater drives with beer in hand

POLICE have thrown the book at a P-plater, who got out of his car drinking a beer after he was caught speeding with two men in the tray of his ute in Woolgoolga.

The 20-year-old was made an example of yesterday, as Coffs Clarence Police highlighted the mounting score of drink drivers caught during their 72-hour blitz.

The P-plater caught at Woolgoolga is a classic example of the stupidity police have found on the roads, during the three-day statewide operation.

“Police continue to be dismayed at people flouting traffic laws, particularly young drivers,” Acting Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

“People need to realise that when they behave in this manner, police will bring them to account for their actions,” he said.

The astounding arrest at Woolgoolga happened on Saturday night at 11.20pm. Patrolling officers detected a vehicle speeding at 70 km/h in Pullen Street.

Police say two men were seen standing in the tray of the silver Holden Rodeo.

The vehicle was pulled over and one man jumped from the moving vehicle rolling on the roadside before running into the bush.

Police will allege in court the driver then got out of the vehicle holding a stubbie of beer saying: “You got me, I’m gone.”

Checks inside the vehicle found three other people, two females and a male were wedged into the passenger seat. Police said they had a single seat belt stretched across them while one girl was sitting on her friend’s lap. The driver was submitted to a breath test and returned a positive reading.

In his statement, the 20-year-old admitted he had drunk four stubbies of beer. He was charged with a long list of traffic offences, including drink driving, carrying passengers illegally, several seat belt offences and speeding.

When he appears in the Coffs Harbour Local Court, he will also answer to licence breaches of exceeding the special range alcohol limit imposed on P-platers and carrying more than one passenger between the hours of 11pm and 4am.

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