Over limit in Altona and on hop in Ashwood

A timely reminder for motorists on the road that it’s not just our highway patrol keeping our roads safe after detectives picked up a drink driver in Altona and the Public Order Response Team (PORT) arrested a man on a stolen bike overnight.

Hobson Bay Crime Investigation Unit kicked off the night when they noticed a car travelling at speed on Civic Parade about 1am.

Detectives intercepted the 26-year-old driver who was found to be over the legal alcohol limit before he furnished an evidentiary breath test of 0.195.

The Altona man’s licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and his car impounded for 30 days at a cost of $878.

It was a costly excursion for the man who told police he had delivered a keg of beer to a mate’s house earlier in the evening and decided to stay for a few drinks.

It’s expected the man will be charged on summons for drink driving.

In the second incident PORT officers tried to intercept a motorcyclist on Mountain Ash Avenue in Ashwood when the rider drove off about 11.50pm.

A short distance down the road the solo rider lost control and fell off his bike at the intersection of Poplar Avenue.

PORT officers chased the man who ran off from the scene before they caught up with him about 100m away.

The crashed Honda CBR was confirmed to be stolen and the rider found to be unlicensed.

The 27-year-old man from Bellfield, who told police he was taking his friends bike around the block for a spin, is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

It is expected he will be charged in relation to the theft of the bike, going equipped to steal and for failing to stop for police.

Whilst committing the offences, both the driver and rider were found to be in breach of the directions issued by the Chief Health Officer, and they were issued a $1652 penalty notice.

The directions by the Chief Health Officer, under the State of Emergency declared in Victoria, have been enacted to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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