Quick thinking witness helps police nab drink driver
A MAN has been disqualified from driving and placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months after he was found driving under the influence of alcohol, with an outstanding warrant, and with two passengers not seated properly in the car.
Around 8pm on Saturday, Kyogle Police were alerted to a VW Amoruk Ute driving erratically through the streets of Kyogle by an alert witness.
The witness kept an eye on the vehicle and it was located on The Summerland Way.
The vehicle accelerated harshly but was unable to avoid police because another car had blocked its path.
The driver, a 32-year-old Queensland man, was breath tested and returned a positive reading.
He was arrested and taken back to the police station.
At the time the car was pulled over, police said, there were three teenage girls, aged 14 and 15, in the car.
One was in the front passenger seat, the other two sitting on the rear floor.
Once at the station police discovered the man also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
He was subjected to a breath analysis and charged with Mid Range PCA.
The warrant was executed and he was refused bail to attend court.
He attended Lismore Local Court yesterday where he was disqualified from driving for 12 months, placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond, and issued a $1000 fine.
Police thanked the witness for bringing this driver to their attention.
"It could have been a far worse," police said on the Richmond LAC Facebook page.
"The young passengers could have been hurt as well as innocent road users."