Driver five times over limit in Hoppers Crossing

Westgate Highway Patrol officers impounded a vehicle in Hoppers Crossing on Sunday night after the driver was caught allegedly five times over the legal alcohol limit.

Officers were called to a collision along Morris Road about 5.50pm, where a silver Holden Commodore allegedly collided with another vehicle.

The driver, a 43-year-old Hoppers Crossing man, told police they were on their way to a fast food restaurant to get dinner at the time.

He underwent a preliminary breath test and was requested to undergo an evidentiary test where he returned an alleged reading of 0.264.

The driver, whose licence was cancelled and disqualified at the time of the incident, had his car impounded for 30 days.

He is expected to be charged with drive while disqualified, drive exceeding breath alcohol concentration, drive under the influence and careless driving.

This impound forms part of Operation Arid, a road policing operation aimed at keeping the community safe on Victorian roads over the long weekend.

Police continue to use an intelligence-based approach to target locations and major arterials law-breaking drivers are expected to be, as people from metro Melbourne head to regional Victoria. This includes behaviour such as speeding, drink and drug driving, people not wearing seatbelts, safety of vulnerable road users and fatigue.

Operation Arid will run from 12.01am, Friday 5 March until 11.59pm, Monday 8 March and cover the Labour Day public holiday.

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