Man charged with mid-range drink driving twice in two hours – Coffs Harbour

Police have charged a man with mid-range drink driving twice in two hours on the state’s north coast earlier today.

About 12am (Wednesday 27 January 2016), officers from Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command observed a Toyota Hilux allegedly travelling at high speed east on Thompsons Road at Coffs Harbour.

It’s alleged the vehicle continued through Coffs Harbour CBD, before being stopped by police on Harbour Drive.

The driver, a 21-year-old man, provided a positive roadside breath test.

The man was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis giving an alleged reading of 0.135.

He was charged with the matter and had his licence suspended before being released from custody.

About 1.30am (Wednesday 27 January 2016), police observed a Toyota Hilux travelling on Harbour Drive.

The vehicle was stopped on Orlando Street, where the driver again failed a roadside breath test.

He was arrested and as he was being placed in the police vehicle, it’s alleged he ran away.

A short time later, the man was located in Mildura Street, with the assistance of the Dog Unit.

The man was arrested and searched by officers who allegedly located a small quantity of cannabis.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour police station where a breath analysis allegedly recorded 0.095.

He was charged and will face court on mid range PCA (x2), escape lawful custody, drive while suspended, possess prohibited drug and other traffic offences.

The man was granted conditional bail, to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on 22 February 2016.