Not so stone-cold sober in Coldstream

A Mount Evelyn man has lost his licence for the best part of a year after he was allegedly caught driving more than two times the legal alcohol limit this morning (20 April).

Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol officers were conducting roadside breath tests on the Maroondah Highway, Coldstream when they intercepted a green Land Rover Discovery about 9.55am.

The 56-year-old driver tested positive to a preliminary breath test and was taken back to the station for an evidentiary test, where he returned an alleged reading of 0.117 per cent.

He lost his licence for 11 months, while his vehicle was impounded at a cost of $1017.10.

The man is expected to be charged on summons with drink-driving offences.

The impound forms part of Operation Nexus, a five day high-visibility road policing operation over the Easter long weekend.

The state-wide operation will focus on country road users, speed, impaired drivers, seatbelts, on and off-road motorcycles, fatigue due to long distance travel, and driver distraction through mobile technology and navigation devices.

Priority areas include traffic corridors that link metropolitan areas to popular holiday destinations such as the Grampians, Surf Coast, Great Ocean Road, Greater Shepparton Area, Phillip Island, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Baw Baw and La Trobe.

Operation Nexus began at 12.01am on Thursday 18 April and runs to 11.59pm on Monday 22 April.

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