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West Belco teen drink driver gets snappy

By johnboy - 1 April 2011 15

A teenager who bit a police officer on the arm yesterday will face court this morning (Friday, April 1) charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, drink-driving, drive while disqualified and breach of bail.

The 17-year-old male, who lives in Macgregor, was stopped by ACT Policing officers about 5:50pm on Ginninderra Drive in Dunlop.

Upon being stopped the teenage driver allegedly switched seats with the front seat passenger. When questioned by police, he allegedly admitted he did this because his licence was disqualified.

Police noticed the alleged offender smelt strongly of alcohol and appeared moderately intoxicated.

The alleged offender was placed under arrest for drive whilst disqualified, at which point he allegedly became aggressive towards police and started to walk back to his vehicle.

Officers attempted to restrain the alleged offender, at which point he struggled violently and bit an officer on the arm.

The alleged offender was handcuffed and conveyed to Belconnen Police Station, where breath analysis indicated he had an alleged Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.095.

He will be charged as a repeat offender.

This is the third time the teenager has been taken into custody for alleged drink-driving. He is yet to face court on the second drink driving charge, which relates to an incident earlier this month.

North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis said assaults against police were not condoned by the community.

“Albeit the matter is before the court, police have an unforgiving task and we are sure the Canberra community does not support its police officers being assaulted,” Superintendent Calatzis said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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West Belco teen drink driver gets snappy
ahappychappy 9:01 am 06 Apr 11

eily said :

Maybe should raise the legal age of drinking and getting a licence to 25. Considering that the teenage brain doesn’t mature, if they’re lucky that is, until then.
Or have to pass a psych test proving can responsibly handle either. Or both.

Wait – you actually think that:-
a) people under the legal drinking age don’t consume alcohol; and
b) people without licences (whether suspended or never attained) don’t drive?

I wish the rest of the world was as naive as you are.

The argument to raise the legal drinking age and/or legal driving age gets rolled out every now and then ‘in the name of safety’ with the usual ‘the youth of today is so irresponsible’ line following soon after.

All it will do is make more people want to break the law, and punish those who shouldn’t be punished – how about instead of raising these requirements, the minority of people who break the law start being punished/reprimanded appropriately? There are people in this world who are over the age requirements you’ve suggested who still can’t responsibly handle alcohol or a licence, (this has been shown by some of the AFP Media Releases recently on drink driving) and they’re normally the ones you should be more worried about than the pesky P-platers and youth in the city on a Saturday night.

It’s easy to bash on the youth of today being irresponsible, yet I think a lot of people who do the bashing need to remember they too were once young members of the community who did things (sometimes) just as irresponsible – there just wasn’t the same media spotlight and public outcry over it.

p1 11:06 pm 05 Apr 11

Spideydog said :

Well seeing how nothing has been PROVEN in court yet, yes everything is an allegation at this stage.

The alleged offender was handcuffed and conveyed to Belconnen Police Station, where breath analysis indicated he had an alleged Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.095.

The breath analysis is a mechanical/chemical/electrical process which has no care for the legal nuances of assumed innocence.

keepitup 10:42 pm 05 Apr 11

Robertson said :

In relation to the gene pool – the Monaro Marriott Health and Relaxation Spa Retreat Centre allows criminals “conjugal” visits from their partners. So despite being locked up at great expense to the community, these scumbags are still busy breeding from behind bars.

The villians are thrown in jail and they still get more sex than me!

eily 8:26 pm 05 Apr 11

Maybe should raise the legal age of drinking and getting a licence to 25. Considering that the teenage brain doesn’t mature, if they’re lucky that is, until then.
Or have to pass a psych test proving can responsibly handle either. Or both.

gazket 5:39 pm 05 Apr 11

All drink drivers are getting off too lightly. around a 1/3 caught are repeat offenders 3,4,5 times or more, obviously the courts are to lenient and people are not taking any notice of their punishment. They don’t see it as punishment but a set back for a few weeks. How many more cars do we have to see rapped around trees and poles with injured passengers by disqualified repeat offenders running from police.

Spideydog 4:49 pm 05 Apr 11

p1 said :

I think they may have used one or two too many “alleged”s in that release.

Do breathalysers make allegations now?

Well seeing how nothing has been PROVEN in court yet, yes everything is an allegation at this stage.

screaming banshee said :

North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis said assaults against police were not condoned by the community.

Umm, how about assaults against anyone are not condoned by the community

Aaaaand your point was?

Robertson 4:13 pm 05 Apr 11

In relation to the gene pool – the Monaro Marriott Health and Relaxation Spa Retreat Centre allows criminals “conjugal” visits from their partners. So despite being locked up at great expense to the community, these scumbags are still busy breeding from behind bars.

farnarkler 8:33 pm 01 Apr 11

Gotta love it, he can’t even drink alcohol legally yet he’s a repeat offender. Lets hope he’s sterile so he can’t pollute the gene pool with offspring.

54-11 3:36 pm 01 Apr 11

Where’s Mully when we need him

p1 2:35 pm 01 Apr 11

I think they may have used one or two too many “alleged”s in that release.

Do breathalysers make allegations now?

EvanJames 2:20 pm 01 Apr 11

JessP said :

Nice. His parents must be so proud.

They raised him well. I expect to see more of these types of kids in future.

pptvb 1:18 pm 01 Apr 11

He will be charged as a repeat offender.

And?
How is that working out for them?

Deref 12:53 pm 01 Apr 11

He’s a naughty boy. He shall be sent to bed without his supper.

JessP 12:46 pm 01 Apr 11

Nice. His parents must be so proud.

screaming banshee 12:45 pm 01 Apr 11

North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis said assaults against police were not condoned by the community.

Umm, how about assaults against anyone are not condoned by the community

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