Drink-driving charges for unaccompanied learner driver; woman nearly five times over legal limit

Two drivers – including an unaccompanied learner driver – have been charged with high-range drink-driving following proactive patrols south of Sydney at the weekend.

Just after 11.30pm on Friday (11 September 2020), officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on Fairford Road at Padstow, when they detected a Toyota Hilux utility allegedly travelling 95km/h in a 70km/h zone.

Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, a 26-year-old man, who produced a learner driver licence.

The man underwent a roadside breath test, which allegedly returned a positive result. He was also searched, where police seized drug paraphrenia with a white substance.

The 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he underwent a secondary breath analysis test that allegedly returned a reading of 0.199.

The Revesby man was charged with drive with high-range PCA, learner unaccompanied, exceed speed more than 20km/h, and possess prohibited drug.

He is due to appear before Bankstown Local Court on Thursday 8 October 2020. The man’s licence was also suspended.

In a separate incident, officers were called to a home in Colo Vale, following reports a woman had reversed her car into the fence before driving away about 11am on Saturday (12 September 2020).

Following patrols of the area, police located a Honda Civic parked in the breakdown lane on the Hume Motorway at Mittagong.

Officers approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, a 45-year-old woman. She underwent a roadside breath test, which allegedly returned a positive result.

The woman was arrested and taken to Southern Highlands Police Station, where she underwent a breath analysis test that allegedly returned a reading of 0.243.

The Goulburn woman was charged with drive with high-range PCA and is due to appear before Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

Her licence was also suspended.

Anyone with information about dangerous driving behaviours is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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