Drink, drug drivers caught
PORTLAND Highway patrol crews were pleased to have their new vehicle out on the road on Sunday, but disappointed at the range of offences committed.
Sergeant Ryan Nelson from Portland police’s highway patrol unit said community members alerted police to a 28-year-old Portland woman’s driving behaviour at about 6pm on Sunday, and police found her in a Hyundai car.
They carried out a breath test that was found to be positive, and when the second test was carried out she was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.171%.
At 4.30pm a 37-year-old man from outside the region had also been stopped by police in Nelson where he was found to be driving an unregistered vehicle while his licence was disqualified.
Police carried out a test to see if he had any drugs in his system and the test was positive, however the man refused to accompany police to the police station for a verifying test.
Sergeant Nelson said as a result of the refusal the man would not be allowed to obtain a driver’s licence for a minimum of two years.
Sergeant Nelson said in addition to those offences police found eight drivers speeding, an additional unlicensed driver and three vehicles were issued with defect notices during a 10-hour period that had focused on the Portland-Nelson Rd area.