Learner charged with DUI
KEMPSEY police have charged a learner driver with mid-range drink driving and suspended his licence after he allegedly got behind the wheel after a seven and a half hour drinking binge.
Just after 5.30pm on Saturday, a green Ford Falcon sedan allegedly accelerated away from a stationary random breath test site in Smith Street.
As police caught up with the vehicle, its occupants allegedly ran from the car.
Police searched the area and found the three males in bushes behind a hall, 30 metres away.
The alleged driver, a 20-year-old unaccompanied learner from Kempsey, was subjected to a roadside breath test and then taken to the Kempsey Police Station where a secondary breath analysis allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.130.
The man allegedly told police he consumed 18 twist tops of beer from 9.30am to 5pm that day.
His licence was suspended on the spot and he was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear before the Kempsey Local Court on Monday, July 12.