12 December 2022

Man caught allegedly drink driving twice in three hours, including when on suspended licence

| Claire Fenwicke
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The Ngunnawal man was allegedly caught drink driving twice within three hours. Photo: ACT Policing.

A Ngunnawal man is facing seven charges after police allegedly detected him drink-driving twice within three hours in Canberra’s north.

Police said they saw a black BMW 323i on Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls, which sped off and changed lanes several times without indicating at about 2:05 am on Saturday (10 December) before it stopped in a car park near Gungahlin Drive a short time later.

Police alleged the 22-year-old, who was in the driver’s seat, claimed he wasn’t driving and initially refused to provide officers with his details.

Checks revealed his licence had been suspended in March 2022, which meant he was subject to a zero blood alcohol content (BAC) limit and that he was also the subject of a good behaviour order.

The man recorded a positive result for alcohol while roadside, and police said a subsequent analysis at Gungahlin Police Station revealed a BAC of 0.135

He was given an Immediate Suspension Notice (ISN), suspending his licence for 90 days, and was further reminded of the suspension when he was released from custody.

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However, police allege they saw the same black BMW turn from Gundaroo Drive into Gungahlin Drive without indicating at about 5:10 am. They directed the vehicle to stop, which it did on Gamburra Street, Ngunnawal.

When officers approached the vehicle, they noted the driver was the only person in the vehicle.

It’s alleged the man again returned a positive roadside result for alcohol, so he was taken into custody and subjected to breath analysis at Gungahlin Police Station, where he recorded a BAC of 0.081.

The man was charged with two counts of level three drink driving, aggravated reckless driving, failing to comply with a police request to produce personal information, driving while suspended by law, driving while a suspension notice was in effect, and breach of good behaviour order.

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Why not impound his car?

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