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Police Wrap – 27 April 2010

By johnboy 27 April 2010 15

1. Unlicensed, drunk, and behind the wheel:

ACT Policing has arrested two men after they were allegedly caught driving on cancelled licences and each with an extremely high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) today (April 26).

ACT Policing’s Superintendent Mark Colbran said this behaviour is extremely reckless.

“Both these men were driving on cancelled licences. This simply reinforces research in the ACT that people who drive with suspended or cancelled licences are also more likely to engage in other high risk behaviour that puts the safety of all ACT road users at risk,” Superintendent Colbran said.

“These incidents demonstrate that people who are tempted to drive unlicenced are also willing to drive drunk.

“We urge the community to join with the police to help stop this type of the behaviour to help keep the road toll down. If any member of the community is aware of anyone who drives when their licence is either disqualified or cancelled, I urge them to contact either police or Crime Stoppers, and we will take action. Getting these drivers off the road before they have a chance to commit other dangerous offences will help reduce our serious injury and fatal collision rate in the ACT,” he said.

Around 4.43am police approached a 22-year-old Fraser man behind the wheel of a white Holden Commodore on Ernest Cavanagh Street in Gungahlin. The man’s initial test was allegedly above the legal limit and he was taken to Gungahlin Police Station where he recorded a BAC of 0.234 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; almost 12 times the legal limit for a cancelled driver.

Earlier in the night a 23-year-old Theodore man was found to be driving with an alleged BAC of 0.089 on Bunda Street, Civic. He was stopped just after midnight when police observed him allegedly drive through a stop sign in a silver Subaru.

He was subject to a drink-driving test and then transported to City Police Station where he produced the alleged BAC of 0.089; more than four times over the legal limit for a cancelled driver.

Both alleged offenders were driving on cancelled licences and defined as special drivers limiting them to a BAC of 0.02. They were placed under arrest, transported to the ACT Watch House and bailed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

Police will continue to target drink driving over the Anzac holiday period.

2. Gungahlin nasties:

ACT Policing has arrested a 38-year-old Harrison man following the alleged forced entry of a Ngunnawal residence and the assault of a 42-year-old man.

Around 10.45pm yesterday (April 25) two men allegedly broke into the residence. The victim, who was in bed at the time, attempted to fight off the alleged offenders but fell to the floor where he was kicked a number of times. The alleged offenders then left the house in a dark-coloured sedan.

The frame the front door was shattered and an interior door leading to the victim’s bedroom was kicked off its hinges during the incident. The victim sustained bruising and abrasions.

AFP Forensics Services attended and examined the scene.

Investigations are continuing as to the identity of the second offender.

The 38-year-old alleged offender will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court today (April 26) charged with aggravated burglary with the intent to cause harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and property damage.

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Tooks 6:19 pm 28 Apr 10

CraigT said :

Can I just point out that there’s crime, eg bashing an old granny over the head at the ATM so you can grab her $50 and score, and then there’s drink-driving – a “crime” where you’re basically getting convicted for something you *might* do, but haven’t actually done.
Had the driver of the Silver Subaru assaulted somebody? Stolen something from them? No. But he *might* have crashed into *somebody* so our “enlightened” society has him convicted of a crime in anticipation of what he may have done.
Meanwhile, crims roam our streets freely because the Human Rights brigade is up-in-arms against any and every attempt to protect society from these real criminals who commit real crimes against real people.

Anybody who doesn’t find this mentality deeply worrying isn’t thinking hard enough.

I can only assume you’re trying to get a bite. No one can possibly be this stupid.

p1 2:13 pm 28 Apr 10

caf said :

I know I like to fire off a few rounds into the air in celebration when the Raiders win a game.

Good thing they don’t win too often then.

caf 1:41 pm 28 Apr 10

p1 said :

I guess if I were to fire my machine-gun into the front of Parliament House it would be fine so long as I missed everbody?

I know I like to fire off a few rounds into the air in celebration when the Raiders win a game.

Spideydog 12:59 pm 28 Apr 10

CraigT said :

Can I just point out that there’s crime, eg bashing an old granny over the head at the ATM so you can grab her $50 and score, and then there’s drink-driving – a “crime” where you’re basically getting convicted for something you *might* do, but haven’t actually done.
Had the driver of the Silver Subaru assaulted somebody? Stolen something from them? No. But he *might* have crashed into *somebody* so our “enlightened” society has him convicted of a crime in anticipation of what he may have done.
Meanwhile, crims roam our streets freely because the Human Rights brigade is up-in-arms against any and every attempt to protect society from these real criminals who commit real crimes against real people.
Anybody who doesn’t find this mentality deeply worrying isn’t thinking hard enough.

You cannot be serious ……. how many people have been killed on our roads because of drink drivers – which is a proven fact. So in your mentality, we are meant to wait until they do kill someone (perhaps one of your loved ones) and then Police can take action after someone has been killed or injured.

Lets take it a little further shall we, lets abolish all traffic laws because they fall into the same flawed thinking that you have. Running a red light on one occasion didn’t killed or injured anyone, so therefore they hadn’t done anything wrong………

I think your view will be shared by only a very TINY portion of the community (thank goodness)

By chance, your not a disgruntled convicted drink driver are you ????

buzz819 9:56 am 28 Apr 10

CraigT said :

Can I just point out that there’s crime, eg bashing an old granny over the head at the ATM so you can grab her $50 and score, and then there’s drink-driving – a “crime” where you’re basically getting convicted for something you *might* do, but haven’t actually done.
Had the driver of the Silver Subaru assaulted somebody? Stolen something from them? No. But he *might* have crashed into *somebody* so our “enlightened” society has him convicted of a crime in anticipation of what he may have done.
Meanwhile, crims roam our streets freely because the Human Rights brigade is up-in-arms against any and every attempt to protect society from these real criminals who commit real crimes against real people.

Anybody who doesn’t find this mentality deeply worrying isn’t thinking hard enough.

Wow… You’ve got problems.

What is the crime that is being committed? Driving a motor vehicle in excess of the prescribed concentration of alcohol in the blood. Why is this an offence? Because at that level you don’t have the proper faculties and control to drive a motor vehicle in a safe manner.

It is exactly the same as walking around flailing your arms with a knife in both hands. It is still against the law, yet you haven’t hurt someone. It is the same as going equipped for burglary, you haven’t stolen anything yet, but we know that you will.

How about holding an offensive weapon with intent? Same thing.

I really don’t get what your argument is. I personally think you need to be ran over by a drink driver, just to drive the point home.

p1 8:24 am 28 Apr 10

CraigT said :

Can I just point out that there’s crime, eg bashing an old granny over the head at the ATM so you can grab her $50 and score, and then there’s drink-driving – a “crime” where you’re basically getting convicted for something you *might* do, but haven’t actually done.

I guess if I were to fire my machine-gun into the front of Parliament House it would be fine so long as I missed everbody?

gospeedygo 1:15 am 28 Apr 10

CraigT said :

Had the driver of the Silver Subaru assaulted somebody? Stolen something from them? No. But he *might* have crashed into *somebody* so our “enlightened” society has him convicted of a crime in anticipation of what he may have done.
Meanwhile, crims roam our streets freely because the Human Rights brigade is up-in-arms against any and every attempt to protect society from these real criminals who commit real crimes against real people.

Anybody who doesn’t find this mentality deeply worrying isn’t thinking hard enough.

Actually, I find your mentality deeply worrying quite frankly and its a wonder your brain isn’t custard.

REAL people DO die as a result of these d%#^ heads. These are REAL crimes! It does happens.

Locking up drink drives and restricting them from driving before the have a chance to kill or injure people you would think is common bloody sense.

Repeat after me: WE WANT TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BEING KILLED OR INJURED UNNECESSARY.

Its also a scary though that someone like you is POSSIBLY on the road.

(excuse the caps, I don’t know how put in italics)

cleo 10:21 pm 27 Apr 10

I think the police should impound their car’s etc.

CraigT 8:48 pm 27 Apr 10

Can I just point out that there’s crime, eg bashing an old granny over the head at the ATM so you can grab her $50 and score, and then there’s drink-driving – a “crime” where you’re basically getting convicted for something you *might* do, but haven’t actually done.
Had the driver of the Silver Subaru assaulted somebody? Stolen something from them? No. But he *might* have crashed into *somebody* so our “enlightened” society has him convicted of a crime in anticipation of what he may have done.
Meanwhile, crims roam our streets freely because the Human Rights brigade is up-in-arms against any and every attempt to protect society from these real criminals who commit real crimes against real people.

Anybody who doesn’t find this mentality deeply worrying isn’t thinking hard enough.

bigfeet 6:54 pm 27 Apr 10

pptvb said :

…You can’t drink-drive in gaol.

Are you sure? This is Canberra after all. It’s probably an infrigement of the prisoners civil-rights to prevent them drink-driving whilst incacerated

pptvb 5:53 pm 27 Apr 10

Both these men were driving on cancelled licences. This simply reinforces research in the ACT that people who drive with suspended or cancelled licences are also more likely to engage in other high risk behaviour that puts the safety of all ACT road users at risk,” Superintendent Colbran said.

No. This simply reinforces what WE all know & the magistrates are blind to.
There is no point in further driving suspensions for repeat offenders. THEY DON”T WORK!
It is really, really hard to drink-drive, on a cancelled licence, while incarcerated.
This also applies to the F#$#wits who have 3,4,5 + drink driving convictions.
You can’t drink-drive in gaol.

sloppery 12:02 pm 27 Apr 10

johnboy said :

keep reading. .02

Saw that. My point was that he was driving but had a cancelled license. Perhaps my error is that the term ‘cancelled license’ means he is still allowed to drive under some other rule?

johnboy 11:50 am 27 Apr 10

keep reading. .02

sloppery 11:48 am 27 Apr 10

The man’s initial test was allegedly above the legal limit and he was taken to Gungahlin Police Station where he recorded a BAC of 0.234 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; almost 12 times the legal limit for a cancelled driver.

What is the legal limit for a cancelled driver?

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