Police charge man with high-range drink driving at Muswellbrook

A man has been charged after allegedly drink driving in the state’s Hunter region yesterday.

About 4.15pm (Tuesday 24 March 2020), Officers from Hunter Valley Police District noticed a Holden Commodore stopped in the middle of the road on the Pacific Way, Muswellbrook.

As police approached the vehicle, it allegedly drove off, before stopping on Tobruk Avenue.

The driver – a 42-year-old man – was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive reading, before being arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

The man allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.274 and was charged with high range PCA and assault police.

Police will allege in court that the man claimed he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughed at the police officer when he was asked to submit to a breath test.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday 6 April 2020.

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