Police lay charges over drink driving at Pine Creek

Northern Territory Police have charged a 31-year-old female with drink driving twice in one day.

At approximately 5:30pm, police apprehended a Toyota Hilux on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek and subjected the driver to a breath test, which returned a positive result. Checks revealed that the driver’s learner’s licence had expired in 2017.

A liquor search was conducted in which members located and destroyed the following liquor believed destined for a remote community:

  • 3 x 1 litre bottles of rum
  • 1 x 1 litre bottle of whiskey
  • 1 x 1 litre bottle of vodka
  • 1 x 700ml bottle of vodka
  • 3 x 1.25 litre bottles of alcoholic ginger beer
  • 58 x 375ml cans of beer

The vehicle was defected, and all occupants of the vehicle received a Liquor Infringement Notice, with one passenger receiving a Traffic Infringement Notice for failing to wear a seatbelt.

The driver was conveyed to Pine Creek Police Station where she returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.125. She was issued a Notice to Appear and advised she would arrange a relative to drive the vehicle from Pine Creek.

At approximately 8pm, the vehicle was apprehended again on the Stuart Highway in Katherine, being driven by the same woman. She was arrested and returned a positive breath test with a result of 0.089.

The woman was charged with:

  • 2 x Drive medium range
  • 2 x Drive unlicensed

She was bailed to appear in Mataranka Local Court on 24 April 2021.

Detective Sergeant Ian Kennon said, “It is extremely disappointing that we have members of our community not only continuing to drink drive, but doing so twice in quick succession showed reckless disregard for her own safety and that of other road users. Our members will continue to tirelessly enforce the Territory’s road rules for the protection of the community.”

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