Provisional driver returns 0.202 reading after crash with child in car at Kempsey

A provisional driver has been charged after he was allegedly caught drink-driving with a child in the car, following a crash on the state’s Mid North Coast today.

About 9.30am (Sunday 17 January 2021), officers from Mid North Coast Highway Patrol were called to Smith Street, Kempsey, after reports of a crash.

Police have been told a Nissan Pulsar allegedly crashed into the back of a Nissan Murano, while attempting to exit a petrol station, causing minor damage to both vehicles.

A nine-year-old boy in the Pulsar and the four occupants of the Murano were uninjured.

Officers subjected the Pulsar driver to a breath test, which returned a positive result. Checks revealed the man’s provisional licence was suspended.

The driver – a 30-year-old man – was arrested and taken to Kempsey Police Station, where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.202.

The man was charged with drive with high range PCA and drive while licence suspended under s 66 Fines Act.

The South Kempsey man was granted condition bail to appear before Kempsey Local Court on Monday 15 February 2021.

A child at risk notification has been made.

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