- ACT Policing will summons a 17-year-old, south Canberra juvenile to the ACT Children’s Court for multiple driving and traffic offences. after an incident around 11.10pm yesterday.
Police will allege they were conducting routine patrols of Gilmore in an unmarked police vehicle, when they observed a White Honda Civic exceeding the speed limit, travelling in the opposite direction.
Police conducted a U-turn and followed the vehicle onto May Maxwell Crescent where they activated their lights and sirens to signal for the vehicle to pull over.
No sooner had this occurred when the vehicle veered off the road into the front of a house on May Maxwell Crescent.
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Police immediately rendered assistance to the five occupants of the house who were uninjured.
The driver who attempted to flee on foot was apprehended in the neighbouring property by police.
The youth was subjected to a breath analysis, returning a positive result of 0.057. As the driver has never held a license he is required by law to have a blood alcohol limit of no more than 0.02.
Police will also allege the vehicle was stolen and was bearing stolen number plates. A court date is yet to be set.
- ACT Policing has arrested a 45-year-old Turner man after multiple calls to the triple zero service were received.
Police will allege the man called New South Wales and Western Australian police reporting the assault of his former partner in Western Australia. Police had confirmed the welfare of the woman in question however the male continued to call over 60 times. The alleged offender was also informed by Western Australian Police that it was an offence to contact triple zero if it was not an emergency situation.
ACT Policing located the male at his turner residence and will allege he was on the phone to NSW triple zero service at the time.
He was arrested and will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (August 10) charged with improper use of an emergency call service.
This incident comes after police issued a warning earlier this week for only those in need of immediate assistance to call triple zero. Superintendent Chris Sheehan in charge of Police Operations said “I am disappointed that this person has ignored these warnings. Police take these matters very seriously and will continue to prosecute those who use the emergency number inappropriately. All non-urgent enquires for police can be directed to 131-444.”
- Three provisional licence holders will have their licences suspended after they were identified by police driving well over the posted speed limit during separate traffic targeting activities yesterday.
One driver, a 17-year-old man from Gilmore, was detected driving 45km/h over the 80km/h posted speed limit on Adelaide Avenue in Curtin about 10.30am. A total of 13 traffic infringement notices were issued by police at this location.
Later that day, a further three p-plate drivers were detected travelling between 34-38km/h over the speed limit in a 60km/h zone on Southern Cross Drive in Latham. One of the drivers, a 17-year-old man from Higgins, was already a suspended driver, whilst the other two will have their licences suspended.
Police also issued nine motorists with traffic infringement notices on Belconnen Way in Hawker between 1pm and 2pm, including a 35-year-old Phillip man who was travelling at 107km/h in a 60km/h zone and attempted to evade police by hiding in the driveway of a nearby residence. He will now pay a $1600 fine and lose six points from his licence.
ACT Policing Superintendent in charge of Traffic Operations Mark Colbran says these sorts of speed detection duties are every-day policing for officers, and those that speed will eventually face the consequences, one way or another.
“These results have not come from a specialised operation or identified initiative – they are the results of every-day policing, and drivers who flaunt the speed limits and put your families and love ones at risk need to lose this mentality that they won’t meet with any consequences,” Supt Colbran said.
“It is particularly concerning that the majority of the motorists detected driving at excessive speeds yesterday were provisional drivers. We see it too often – mixing inexperienced driving with speed can have horrific consequences and it continues to frustrate me that our young drivers are flirting with tragedy without so much as a second thought,” he said.
“Whilst it is our job as police to enforce traffic laws and try to educate the community, young drivers may not always have a realistic outlook on their own mortality. This is where family members and friends need to relay to their driving-aged loved ones that it is not just about them, and that any tragic consequences resulting from their stupidity will have a lasting effect on a range of people,” he said.
- ACT Policing has arrested a 34-year-old disqualified L plate driver after a routine traffic stop in Downer around 1.30am today (August 8).
Police will alleged they conducted the traffic stop on the Braddon man after observing his vehicle driving on the wrong side of Antill Street before turning north onto Northbourne Avenue.
The driver was subjected to a breath analysis which returned a reading of 0.196 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, almost ten times the legal limit for a disqualified or L plate driver of 0.02.
The alleged offender will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (August 8) charged with driving whilst disqualified, exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol in blood whilst driving and breach of bail.