A 45-year-old man who allegedly had not held a licence for 23 years was caught behind the wheel in Queanbeyan last Friday (28 September).
During a five-day police operation targeting roads in Queanbeyan, Strike Force Puma – which was established this year to target high-risk traffic offenders and disqualified drivers – made several arrests, including a man who had not held a licence since 1995.
Around 10:55 am on Friday morning, police pulled over a Subaru Liberty travelling on Cooma Street, Queanbeyan, for a random breath test. When he was asked to show his licence, the driver was unable to.
Further inquiries at the scene revealed the 45-year-old Queanbeyan man had not held a licence since 1995. He also returned a positive result to his roadside drug test.
He was charged at Queanbeyan Police Station with driving without a licence and will appear in Queanbeyan Local Court on 22 October.
Later that day around 5:45 pm, police also detected an unregistered and uninsured Holden Commodore driving along Southbar Road, Karabar. A 30-year-old Queanbeyan man, who was allegedly disqualified from driving until 2036, was driving the sedan. He was arrested and charged with driving whilst disqualified, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving uninsured vehicle and drive vehicle with road tax not paid.
He was granted bail and will appear at Queanbeyan Local Court on 22 October.
Around 5:15 pm on Saturday (29 September), police detected a black BMW with ACT registration plates allegedly belonging to another vehicle, being driven along Carinya Street, Queanbeyan.
A 33-year-old Queanbeyan man, who was disqualified from driving until 23 July 2019, was arrested and charged with driving whilst disqualified, drive unregistered vehicle, drive uninsured vehicle, two counts of goods in custody suspected of being stolen (not motor vehicle), possess prohibited weapon and possession of a knife in a public place.
He will appear in Queanbeyan Local Court on 5 November.