Police crackdown leads to arrests

A BALLINA man caught drink driving almost six times over the legal limit was one of a string of Northern Rivers residents caught during a police crackdown on the weekend.

Operation Avert 8 was rolled out across the state and targeted people wanted for outstanding warrants, as well as those linked to unsolved crimes by fingerprint or DNA evidence.

Extra cops were deployed across the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) for the three-day operation.

Police arrested 24 people in the area and laid 28 charges.

Seven people were apprehended on outstanding warrants, issued for fail to appear in court notices, and five people were found to be in breach of their bail.

Police also conducted almost 300 random breath tests during a simultaneous traffic operation in the area.

Just before midnight on Friday, a 34-year-old man was charged with high range prescribed concentration of alcohol after he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.299 on Norton Street.

He will appear in Ballina Local Court November 24.



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