Motorists ignore police warning

SPEEDSTERS and drink-drivers continued to run the gauntlet on Coffs Coast roads despite the heavy police presence for the Anzac Day long weekend.

Coffs Harbour highway patrol police have so far booked 54 speeding motorists and charged seven people with drink-driving from more than 500 breath tests in Operation Go Slow, due to end at midnight last night. Police laid a further 13 traffic charges and issued 36 other traffic infringements. They also uncovered one seatbelt offence.

Among the lawbreakers this holiday weekend:

A 17-year-old who had allegedly never been licensed led police on a pursuit through Coffs Harbour Jetty. Police allegedly saw the youth speeding in Edinburgh Street and he took off when police tried to stop him. The four-minute chase reached speeds of more than 80km/h. The driver abandoned his vehicle and was arrested a short time later;

Police confiscated more than one kilogram of cannabis and a set of metal knuckle-dusters from two 18-year-olds when they searched a Hyundai Excel on Taloumbi Road;

A man, 37, was charged with high-range drink-driving after his breath analysis returned .190. Police breath-tested him at the intersection of Hogbin Drive and Stadium Drive;

A man, 51, who drove in Coffs Harbour despite his disqualification until 2020 will face court. Police further allege he drove an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and had false plates and a false registration label;

A 16-year-old learner driver who had a suspended licence was caught driving in Frederick Street. He, too, will appear in court;

A man, 30, was charged with speeding and drink-driving after police stopped him in Hogbin Drive. Police allege he was travelling at 108km/h in an 80km/h zone; and

A Coffs Harbour man, 20, was charged with driving with a suspended licence on the Pacific Highway at Sapphire Beach. Police allege his licence had been suspended on April 2 for drink-driving.

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