Police charge man with high-range drink driving in Illawarra – Operation Fume

A man has been charged with high-range drink-driving after being stopped during a traffic enforcement operation in the Illawarra at the weekend.

Between Friday (18 June 2021) and Saturday (19 June 2021), officers from Illawarra Traffic and Highway Patrol – along with officers attached to Lake Illawarra and Wollongong Police Districts – conducted Operation Fume.

During the operation, a Subaru Liberty was pulled over just before 10pm on Saturday, on Smith Street, Wollongong.

Police will allege the 23-year-old driver tested positive to a roadside breath test.

He was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.172.

His license was immediately suspended, and he was issued a Court Attendance Notice for drive with high range PCA.

The Towradgi man will face Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 7 July 2021.

Operation Fume is a high-visibility road policing operation targeting criminal, alcohol and anti-social related behaviour and road related trauma.

Similar operations are expected to continue in the future.

Anyone with information about this incident 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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