Police charge man with high-range PCA at Berry

A man will face court next month charged after he allegedly hit a marked police vehicle while more than three times the legal limit on the state’s South Coast overnight.

About 11.20pm (Friday 30 July 2021), officers attached to Nowra Traffic and Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on the Princes Highway, Berry, for an unrelated matter.

As they spoke with the driver of the vehicle, police allege a Ford Ranger, which was travelling south, collided with the side of their police car – a marked highway patrol vehicle which had its warning lights activated – before continuing down the Princes Highway for about 2km.

Both officers, who are male senior constables, were uninjured.

Officers spoke with the driver of the Ford, a 24-year-old man, before subjecting him to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

The man was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station, where he underwent a secondary breath analysis and allegedly returned a reading of 0.158.

He was issued a Court Attendance Notice for the offences of high-range PCA and fail to stop and exchange particulars. His licence was suspended.

The Meroo Meadow man is due to appear at Nowra Local Court Monday 23 August 2021.

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