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Unlicensed drink driver nabbed at Port Pirie

21 May 2020 11:02am

A Northern Territory man who has never held a driver’s licence has been reported for drink driving and issued a fine for breaching a 14 day COVID-19 self-isolation direction, after he was stopped last night at Port Pirie.

Just before 12.30 am on Thursday 21 May, a police patrol stopped a man driving on Mary Elie Street for a random breath test.

The 42-year-old man was reported for drink driving after allegedly returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.215 or more than four times over the legal limit of 0.05.

Police checks also revealed the Northern Territory man had never been recorded as holding a driver’s licence, in either the NT or South Australia.

Police also discovered the man had only entered South Australia in the last two days, and was breaching a COVID-19, 14 day self-isolation direction.

The NT man was reported for drink driving and driving while unlicensed, he was issued a 12 month instant disqualification from obtaining a driver’s licence and handed a

$1060,00 ‘on the spot’ fine for breaching the COVID-19 direction.

His car was also impounded for 28 days.

The reported man will be summonsed to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court at date to be set for the driving matters.