Police patrol before brekky

A P-PLATER who was allegedly speeding and drink-driving on the Pacific Highway will face Coffs Harbour Local Court.

At 6.20am yesterday, highway patrol police were doing speed checks in Coffs Harbour when they detected a Hyundai Excel allegedly travelling between 10km/h and 20km/h above the speed limit.

Police stopped the car and spoke to the driver, a Coffs Harbour 21-year-old, who produced his P1 licence.

They breath-tested the man at the scene and arrested him after a positive reading.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where his breath analysis returned a reading of .085. The blood alcohol limit for P-platers is zero.

Police also searched the man and allegedly found cannabis leaf.

His licence was suspended and he was charged with drink-driving and speeding and was issued a cannabis caution.

He was bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on April 12.

Police are out in force on the Coffs Coast at the moment during Operation Cross, a three-week blitz designed to curb the growing road toll in our region.

Officers from local area commands up and down the coast are in town to bolster local resources. campaign is a lead up to the big Easter blitz.



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