Young police 'disappointed' to see offenders put lives at risk

Three people have been caught drink driving in Young and a further two in Grenfell between Thursday and Saturday last week.

Young Police Sector Inspector Jacob Reeves was disappointed to see "people risking their lives and the lives of innocent motorists who have to share the road with them".

A 55-year-old man from Grenfell was stopped on Short Street, Grenfell about 6.30pm on Thursday, May 14. He failed the breath test and was taken to Grenfell Police Station where he returned a reading of .069. He was issued an infringement notice for low-range drink driving and suspended from getting behind the wheel for three months.

About 6.35pm on Friday, May 15, a 24-year-old man from Quirindi was stopped on the Olympic Highway in Young after highway patrol allegedly detected him speeding. He was breath tested and produced a positive result. He was taken to Young Police Station where he recorded a reading of .050. He was also issued an infringement notice and suspend for three months.

A 42-year-old man from Young was charged for mid-range drink driving after police stopped him for a random breath test on Main Street, Young about 10.40pm on Friday, May 15. He produced a positive reading and later registered .116. He was issued a court attendance notice and was suspended from driving.

At Grenfell on Friday night, a 25-year-old woman received an infringement notice for drink driving. She was stopped on Wood Street about 11.35pm and produced a positive reading to the breath test. Back at Grenfell Police Station she returned a reading of .075. She was suspended from driving and fined.

On Saturday afternoon in Young, police stopped a 61-year-old man on Iandra Street about 5.45pm. Then random breath test allegedly detected alcohol so he was taken to Young Police Station where he returned a reading of .095. He was charged with mid-range drink driving and suspended from driving.

"It is disappointing to see several people using the roads in our area driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol is one of the leading factors in fatal crashes and people driving whilst affected by alcohol risk their lives and the lives of innocent motorists who have to share the road with them. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to focus on road safety and impaired driving and as these results show, we will catch offenders," Inspector Reeves said.