- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery on a 27-year-old man which occurred in Monash today (May 23).
Around 2.30am police attended Kayser Place in response to a reported assault. Police spoke with the victim who said he had been walking home from PJ O’Reilly’s pub about 1.15am in the parkland between Kayser Place and Drakeford Drive when a white sedan stopped on Drakeford Drive. Two men exited the vehicle and started to walk in his direction. The victim began to run and the two men chased him. The victim fell to the ground and one of the offenders punch him a number of times and demanded his belongings. A resident of the street then arrived home and scared the offenders off. The offenders did not take anything from the victim.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the Monash area overnight to contact Crime Stoppers
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- ACT Policing conducted a high-visibility roadside breath-testing operation last night (Friday, June 22) as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce drink-driving in the Territory. The operation saw around 25 officers conducting an intensive high visibility breath-testing effort on major arterial roads, with Traffic Operations members supplemented by those from General Duties.
Between 6pm and 3am, 1,770 motorists underwent roadside screening tests, with 12 returning positive results. The highest reading was 0.137 recorded on Parkes Way. This is almost three times the legal limit.
One of the positive tests was returned by a taxi driver on Yarra Glenn, the driver was transporting five passengers when he was stopped. He returned a reading of 0.055. Taxi drivers are restricted to a blood alcohol limit of 0.02.
In addition to the number of drink-drivers apprehended, 12 infringement notices were also issued for various offences including the driving of unregistered/uninsured vehicles, driving with a suspended licence and while not wearing a seatbelt. A further four drivers were issued with defect notices due to various faults identified on the vehicles.
The head of Traffic Operations, Acting Superintendent Darryl Neit, said that police were concerned with the results of this high visibility breath-testing.
“There has been a considerable amount of publicity over the last week on the prevalence of drink driving in Canberra, and the fact that we have apprehended a record number of drink drivers with six weeks still to go before the end of the financial year reporting period. Police have put out the consistent message that we will not tolerate drink-driving,” A/Supt Neit said.
“Despite the fact that police advertised that we were going to have an intense high visibility campaign on Friday night, and despite the fact that we had a large number of police cars with flashing lights conducting these high visibility RBT operations, we still apprehended 12 drivers.” A/Supt Neit said.
“Drink-driving remains one of the most significant factors contributing to death and trauma on our roads. Our statistics on fatal collisions show that every drink-driver we take off the road potentially saves a life in Canberra,” he said.
This year’s results are the highest on record in the ACT. Since July 1 2008, 1,605 drivers have now been caught exceeded the alcohol limit. This compares with 1,584 drivers exceeding the alcohol limit during the full 2007-08 financial year reporting period.
“This result reinforces our determination to continue to target this offence.” A/Supt Neit said.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.