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Drug and drink drivers caught in the Far North

23 Nov 2019 7:45am

Police in Port Augusta have detected six people allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol overnight.

Just after 11pm on Friday 22 November, a 40-year-old man from Stirling North was stopped driving a Hyundai Excel sedan on Abernethy Avenue at Port Augusta. He submitted to a breath test and returned a positive reading of 0.097.

About two hours later, police stopped a Holden VF Commodore on Wastell Street at Stirling North.  The driver, a 34-year-old man from Whyalla Playford was breath tested and returned a reading of 0.161.

Just before 2.30am on Saturday 23 November, police stopped a Toyota Prado station wagon on Simmons Street at Davenport.  The driver, a 37-year-old man from Ernaella, recorded a reading of 0.212.

All three drivers were issued a 12 month immediate loss of licence and had their vehicles impounded for 28 days. They were reported for drink driving and will appear in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court at a later date.

In addition a 49-year-old man from Port Augusta submitted to a random driver test and returned a positive result to a combination of prescribed drugs.  Police stopped two drivers, a 30-year-old Para Hills man and a 35-year-old Port Augusta man, who both returned a positive reading to methamphetamine. Further action may be taken against all three men pending the analysis of their samples by Forensic Science SA.

Police are currently conducting Operation High Impact F5; targeting the fatal five offences of drink and drug driving, speeding, distraction, seatbelts and dangerous road users.

The operation began at 12:01am Thursday 14 November 2019 and will end at 11:59pm Wednesday 11 December 2019.