Police charge man with high-range PCA twice in one day in state’s north

Police have charged a man with two high-range drink-driving offences after being stopped twice within four hours in the state’s north yesterday.

About 4.40pm on Wednesday (26 January 2022), officers attached to Mid North Coast Police District were notified of a red Mazda driving in a dangerous manner near the Captain Cook Lookout at Nambucca Heads.

Police stopped the vehicle a short time later on Liston Street and the driver – a 39-year-old man – was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.

The man was arrested and taken to Nambucca Heads Police Station where he underwent a secondary breath analysis which returned an alleged reading of 0.203.

The man was charged with high range PCA, and his driver’s licence was suspended.

About 7.35pm the same day, police were patrolling Ridge Street, Nambucca Heads, when they stopped the same vehicle.

The driver – a 39-year-old man – was again subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.

The man was arrested and taken to Macksville Police Station, where he underwent a secondary breath analysis which returned an alleged reading of 0.191.

He was charged with two further offences – drive with high range PCA and drive motor vehicle while licence suspended.

The Nambucca Heads man was refused bail and is due to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today (Thursday 27 January 2022).

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