ACT Policing has arrested two motorists for high level drink driving offences in the past two days, with one driver being caught twice in two hours.
On Wednesday (November 14) at about 1:45am, police conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Kluger on William Webb Drive in McKellar. The 44-year-old Flynn female driver returned a positive roadside screening and was taken to Belconnen Police Station where she returned a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading of 0.200, four times over her legal limit.
The woman was issued with an Immediate Suspension Notice and her license was seized by police.
In a separate incident around 3:30am yesterday (Thursday, November 15), police attended McDonalds at Emu Bank in response to reports of a driver in a black Toyota Celica loudly revving his engine in the car park. The driver, a 26-year-old Weetangera man, underwent a roadside screening test which returned a positive result.
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The driver was taken to Belconnen Police Station where he returned a BAC reading of 0.109. The man’s license was suspended and he was released from custody, summoned to appear in court at a later date.
At around 5:20am, police stopped the same Toyota Celica on Eastern Valley Way in Belconnen. The same man was identified as the driver and again returned a positive roadside screening result.
The driver was taken back to Belconnen Police Station where he returned a BAC reading of 0.099. The 26-year-old man was charged with two counts of drink driving and one count of driving while on a suspended license. He is scheduled to appear in ACT Magistrates Court next Tuesday (November 20).
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said ACT Policing is targeting alcohol and drug impaired driving over the next three months and is determined to apprehend and prosecute people who make the thoughtless decision to drink and drive.
“It is unacceptable that drivers such as these continue to show such disregard for the law and the safety of other road users.
“If you think you can avoid police by drink-driving in the early hours of the morning, think again – all police patrols will be undertaking breath testing duties 24/7 so your chances of being caught are very high,” Sergeant Anderson said.