Learner driver under the influence was one of 101 infringements during long weekend

Michael Weaver 10 March 2021
Police car behind police tape.

Police issued 101 infringements to motorists in the ACT during the Canberra Day long weekend. Photo: File.

A learner driver behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, and another man travelling at almost 150km/h were two of 101 infringements issued by police during the Canberra Day long weekend.

ACT Policing says it apprehended several motorists who should not have been driving between Friday, 5 March, and Monday, 8 March.

The first driver was a 19-year-old male learner, from Stirling, who was stopped after his silver BMW was observed driving with no headlights on at about 12:55 am on Saturday, 6 March, on Northbourne Avenue in the city.

The learner driver returned an alcohol reading of 0.059 – a learner driver is subject to a 0.00 limit. Further investigation revealed he had been issued an Immediate Suspension Notice for drink-driving in December 2020.

The man was issued with a new Immediate Suspension Notice, which resulted in the suspension of his licence for another 90 days.

He will be charged with level 2 drink-driving, driving while licence suspended, driving while registration suspended, being an unaccompanied learner, not displaying L-plates, and driving without headlights turned on.

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The second incident occurred at about 11:00 pm on Saturday, 6 March, when police observed a red hatchback travelling at speed on Tuggeranong Parkway in Kambah. When police caught up with the vehicle at the Glenloch Interchange, they recorded its speed at 149km/h in the 90km/h zone.

After the vehicle stopped for police on Gordon Road, Acton, the 20-year-old female driver from Gordon returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.161.

She was released from custody and will be summonsed to face ACT Magistrates Court in April on charges including level 4 drink-driving, driving under the influence, and aggravated dangerous driving.

The same woman was arrested again after police responded to a report of a fight at a city nightclub at about 1:15 am on Sunday, 7 March.

She will face court in April charged with failing to comply with an exclusion direction, possession of a drug of dependence, and resisting a Territory public official.

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