Two arrests for the price of one in Hillside

Brimbank Highway Patrol members got more than they bargained for yesterday after automatic number plate recognition helped pick up two unlicensed drivers in a Hillside car park, Victoria Police say.

Police were patrolling an area off Gourlay Road just before 3pm when they detected allegedly stolen plates on a parked Mitsubishi Magna.

A 38-year-old Broadmeadows man was arrested nearby.

Before police had a chance to process charges they detected another car, this time a Holden Statesman, with plates that didn’t match.

The driver of that car, a 25-year-old Deer Park man, was found to be unlicensed and returned a positive oral fluid test.

He was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants and remanded in custody over charges including unlicensed driving, drug driving, using an unregistered vehicle, displaying false plates and failing to appear on bail.

The man’s vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Meanwhile, the first driver was charged with theft, unlicensed driving, drug driving, using an unregistered vehicle and displaying false plates.

He was bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

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