Police have charged an already disqualified driver with high-range drink driving after returning an official reading of .331 in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night.
Police have charged an already disqualified driver with high-range drink driving after returning an official reading of .331 in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night. Max Fleet

Disqualified driver caught almost seven times the legal limit

COFFS Harbour has once again proven it's the drink driving capital of NSW.

Police have charged a driver after he recorded one of the state's highest breath test readings last night.

About 6.30pm, the 24-year-old man was driving a Nissan X-Trail along Ocean Pde when his vehicle mounted a kerb and hit a tree.

The man continued driving on the wrong side of the road before crashing into an unoccupied parked Toyota Landcruiser on the same road.

The man allegedly attempted to walk away from the crash scene but he was detained by a number of witnesses until local police arrived.

Police submitted the man to a roadside breath test which returned a positive reading.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he underwent a follow-up breath analysis.

He returned an official reading of 0.331, which is almost seven times the legal limit.

A check of the Coffs Harbour man's licence revealed he had previously been disqualified from driving until 2016.

Police have charged him with high-range drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and drive recklessly/furiously or in a speed/manner dangerous.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on September 9.



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