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24 February, 2022

Police crack down on drink driving

LOCAL police are quite concerned with the public’s blatant disregard for other road users after seven people were charged with drink driving offences over one weekend.


A 26-year-old interstate woman was intercepted on the Burke Developmental Road, about 20km east of Chillagoe, at about 3.15pm on 11 February while police were performing speed enforcement. 

Police conducted a roadside breath test, and it will be alleged that the woman returned a reading of 0.068 per cent BAC. 

She was issued with a $413 Traffic Infringement Notice for consuming liquor while driving and is expected to appear in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on 28 February, charged with drink driving. 

Police also intercepted a 24-yearold Atherton man on Tower Avenue at about 5pm on the same day and charged him with drink driving. 

It will be alleged that he returned a reading of 0.102 per cent BAC and is expected to appear in the Atherton Magistrates Court on 29 March.

A few hours later at 7.35pm, police intercepted a 35-year-old Atherton woman on Golf Links Road, Atherton. 

It will be alleged that she returned a reading of 0.178 per cent BAC. She is due to appear in Atherton Magistrates Court on 1 March, charged with drink driving. Her vehicle has also been immobilised for 90 days. 

A 33-year-old Herberton man is scheduled to appear in the Atherton Magistrates Court on 1 March, charged with drink driving after being intercepted at a static roadside breath test site. 

It will be alleged that at about 7.10pm on Saturday 12 February, the man was intercepted on Broadway, Herberton and returned a reading of 0.069 per cent BAC. 

Mareeba Police intercepted a 30-year-old local man on Walsh Street Mareeba at about 4am on Sunday 13 February. 

It will be alleged that he returned a reading of 0.90 per cent BAC and is expected to appear in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on 28 February, charged with drink driving. 

Police have also charged a 41-year-old Charters Towers man with drink driving after being intercepted in Mount Garnet on 13 February. 

It will be alleged that he returned a reading of 0.081 per cent BAC after being intercepted at about 6.30pm on the Kennedy Highway. 

He is expected to appear in the Atherton Magistrates Court on 1 March. A 26-year-old Mutchilba man has been charged with drink driving, unlicenced driving and obstruct police after a traffic intercept on 13 February. 

Police intercepted the man on the Kennedy Highway, Tolga at about 5.55pm, where he provided a roadside breath test. 

As a result of that test, he was to be conveyed to Mareeba Station for further testing, when he has become belligerent and refused to get out of the vehicle. 

He was subsequently arrested and removed by force from the vehicle and taken for further testing, and it will be alleged he returned a reading of 0.153 per cent BAC. It will further be alleged that he was driving unlicensed due to a previous disqualification on 7 February. He is scheduled to appear in the Atherton Magistrates Court on 1 March.

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