Overnight traffic rampage

DESPITE national publicity following the death of a boy at Urunga on January 8, police have been stunned by another overnight traffic rampage through the seaside town.

Around 3.30am today, a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old male Indian national from Dandenong in Victoria allegedly overtook at high speed a car driven by an off-duty police sergeant near the intersection of South Street and the Pacific Highway.

This is almost adjacent to the controversial speed camera and just several hundred metres from the site of the incident where the teenager was killed earlier in the year.

The off-duty officer contacted the highway patrol for assistance after estimating the target's speed as at least 140km/k in a '50kph' speed zone and the vehicle was finally stopped at England's Road, Coffs Harbour.

The driver was taken into custody and it is alleged he had three unrestrained passengers in the vehicle.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on April 30.

Charges already laid include: (a) drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed in a manner dangerous, and, (b) exceed speed limit by more than 45kph.

Further north at South Grafton a white Ford Falcon was stopped by police for a random breath test and the 20-year-old P-plate driver returned a positive test.

After being taken to Grafton police station he returned an alleged reading of 0.097.

He was issued with a field court attendance notice for mid-range PCA, as well as issued with an infringement notice for not displaying P-plates and his licence was suspended

It's believed senior officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command may release further details on these and other matters arising from Operation Tortoise later in the day.



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