Sunshine Coast Daily

Drunk drivers keep police busy

POLICE have taken more 'bloody idiots' off the roads this weekend, after catching a drunk P-plater in Sawtell, stopping an intoxicated man from driving in Woolgoolga, and nabbing a drink driver who fell asleep in his car in Coffs Harbour.

A Coffs Harbour man had a rude awakening on Sunday when he was found to be almost three times over the limit after falling asleep in his car.

A 28-year-old male drove into the Mobil Service Station at Boambee at 2.30am.

He entered the store, purchased items, then returned to his car and fell asleep at the wheel while parked in the forecourt. Police attended and, after waking the man, a breath test returned a positive result.

He was conveyed to Coffs Harbour station for a breath analysis and a reading of 0.140 was recorded.

The man was issued with a court attendance notice for a mid range PCA.

At the same time, police stopped a 17-year-old Sawtell P-plater driving west on Lyons Road at 2.20am on Sunday.

The vehicle was observed to cross the centre line and police stopped the car for the purpose of a random breath test, which proved positive.

The P-plater was conveyed to Coffs Harbour police station and a breath analysis recorded a reading of 0.130.

His licence was suspended and he was issued with a court attendance notice to attend Coffs Harbour Local Court. Meanwhile, police have stopped another 'bloody idiot' from hitting the road after observing an intoxicated man trying to get into his car at Woolgoolga at the weekend.

About 10pm on Sunday police were patrolling outside the Seaview Tavern when they saw a 44-year-old Woolgoolga man arguing with hotel security.

Police spoke to the man and observed he was intoxicated and attempting to gain entry to his vehicle.

His keys were confiscated and he was allowed to leave via the courtesy bus.



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