ACT Policing will summons a 35-year-old Chisholm man to court following a lengthy and reckless drink-driving incident yesterday (Sunday, October 18) in which the offender allegedly drove erratically from Queanbeyan and more than 15 kilometres through Canberra before being arrested in Torrens.
Around 12.10pm yesterday, NSW Police received a witness report that a man parked on a median strip in Queanbeyan in a white Toyota Hilux utility had been seen drinking from a wine cask, then driving off toward Canberra.
The incident control was passed to ACT Policing, which received further reports that the car was weaving onto the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing other vehicles as it drove from Symonston, Red Hill and Narrabundah and crashed through a fence into the Canberra Nature Park in Isaacs. The car then broke through a log barrier when it emerged in O’Malley. A tin of paint fell open in the tray of the utility and dropped a prominent paint trail behind the vehicle on the roadway through the suburbs of Garran, Hughes, Curtin, Chifley and Torrens.
The paint trail led to a residence in Torrens, where a man was found hosing down his vehicle. He submitted to a roadside breath-test, was taken into custody and was later found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.084. He will be summonsed to court on a range of traffic-related offences.
ACT Policing’s Superintendent Mark Colbran praised a witness who saw the offender drinking in the utility, followed him and then reported it to police.
“This was a shameful and reprehensible incident in which this drink-driver recklessly endangered other people’s lives on the road as they went about their lawful activities on a Sunday afternoon. Support from the community was vital in apprehending this person and helping to keep our roads safe,” Supt Colbran said.
Police are also appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the white Hilux utility with ACT registration plates and a white rear canopy allegedly driving erratically through Canberra yesterday afternoon to contact Crime Stoppers.
2. Barton Mugging:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a 22-year-old Reid man which occurred near the Kings Avenue Bridge, Barton, last night (October 18).
The victim left work around 11.20pm and began to walk home. When he reached the south-end of the Kings Avenue Bridge he was approached by three males on push bikes.
The three males demanded money and the victim handed over $50. They also stole his iPod and mobile telephone. During the robbery the victim was punched once in the nose by the youngest offender, causing it to bleed.
All three offenders were described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance. Two were described as being around 18 years old and the third around 14 years old.
Once the offenders left the victim hailed down a taxi and was dropped at City Police Station. Woden Patrols searched the area a short time later but were unable to locate any persons of interest.
Police would urge anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the Kings Avenue Bridge area overnight to contact Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing is investigating an incident in which three men were threatened with a taser after they came upon a man breaking into their car in Civic yesterday (October 18).
About 7.15pm police attended the Civic Pool car park located on Constitution Avenue, Civic. Police were advised the victim, a 19-year-old Gilmore man, had returned to his vehicle with two friends to find the driver’s side door open. As they approached they saw a man rummaging through the contents of the vehicle.
The offender got out and was surrounded by the victims. The offender then reached into his pocket and produced a small black rectangular object from his pocket saying he had a taser. The victims then backed away and the offender ran and got into a red Holden Barina. Two other males were inside the vehicle. Police checks on the Barina show it to have been stolen.
The male offender was described as being around 30 years-old, 5’9” to 5’11” (175-180cm) tall, with a slim build, pale complexion, scarred face, short stubble and missing front teeth. He was wearing blue jeans, white sneakers, a dark blue hooded jumper and a blue baseball cap.
One of the men inside the Barina was described as about 20 years old with short bleach blond hair while the other Caucasian in the vehicle was aged in his late 20s.
AFP Forensic Services attended the scene.
Police would urge anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the Civic Pool area yesterday evening to contact Crime Stoppers.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.