More drunken violence in Byron Bay
POLICE are pleading with revellers to control their alcohol consumption after another difficult weekend for officers on the streets of Byron Bay.
Drink driving and alcohol-related violence featured prominently with 16 motorists caught over the limit behind the wheel between Thursday night and Sunday night.
Officers charged four people with low-range drink driving, nine motorists with mid-range drink driving and one driver, a 29 year-old Queensland man with high-range drink driving.
This spate of arrests comes as police prepare for one of the busiest weeks in Byron Bay, with Splendour in the Grass expected to bring thousands of cashed-up party-goers to the town.
More than 100 extra police have been deployed from across the state to Byron Bay to tackle any alcohol-related crime and public order issues that may eventuate from the music festival.
The violence that has become a weekend ritual on the streets of Byron continued with a multitude of people set to face court over several incidents.
A 46-year-old Byron Bay woman was charged twice within a few hours after allegedly returning to her vehicle and continuing to drive.
A 29-year-old Queensland man was charged with high-range drink driving returning a reading of 0.168.
Tweed/Byron Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman, said that people who choose to drink and drive, placed themselves and the public in considerable danger.
"Drinkers need to plan their transport options prior to going out," Detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said.
In further alcohol-related incidents, an 18-year-old Lismore man and 21-year-old Goonellabah man were charged with affray and offensive conduct after police broke up a street fight in Jonson Street.
Police will allege the two men left a nightclub and allegedly started fighting just after 1am on Saturday morning.
They were released on conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court next month.
In another incident, a 29-year-old woman from Landsborough in Queensland was allegedly assaulted inside a nightclub at Byron Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning.
She was allegedly punched in the face by another female inside the venue resulting in minor injuries. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.
A 23-year-old man was taken to the Byron Bay Police Station in the early hours of Monday morning after being found drunk in the front yard of a house in Suffolk Park.
Police will allege the man was so intoxicated was unable to provide his address so police transported him to the local station to wait for the effects of the alcohol to wear off.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a 21-year-old Ballina man was detected allegedly urinating into a garbage bin in Apex Park. He was issued an infringement notice for offensive behaviour.
Also on Saturday morning at 1am, police allegedly detected an 18-year-old Rileys Hill man driving erratically in Jonson Street, Byron Bay.
Police followed the vehicle to a vacant lot where the suspended learner-driver was observed to be allegedly intoxicated; a subsequent search of the vehicle located cannabis.
The accused man had earlier been drinking at a nightclub in the Byron Bay CBD. He was charged with numerous driving offences and drug offences. He was bailed to appear at Byron Bay Local Court next month.
Finally, a 19-year-old Currumbin Waters man was detained as an intoxicated person on Saturday morning after being ejected from a Byron Bay night club.
He was also issued a number of infringement notices for failing to leave licensed premises.