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Blitz Nets Five Drug Drivers

Filed under Breaking News, Front3, Latest News, Police

June 21, 2018

Traffic police conducted a two-day blitz in the Murgon, Wondai and Cherbourg areas earlier this week, issuing 67 tickets.

Senior Constable Jade Miller, from the Kingaroy Road Policing Unit, said 701 random breath tests were carried out, but no drink-drivers were detected.

However,  from 53 drug tests, five drivers returned a positive sample to a combination of either cannabis or methylamphetamine or both.

The blitz occurred on Monday and Tuesday and involved road policing units from Kingaroy, Dalby, Toowoomba, Nambour, Maryborough, Gympie and Hervey Bay, and general police from Wondai, Cherbourg and Murgon.

Police conducted a series of static vehicle interception sites testing for alcohol and drugs, as well as using both marked and unmarked mobile patrol vehicles with Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to detect wanted people and vehicles.

“This joint two-day operation involving local police and specialist road policing units was part of an ongoing effort to reduce both property and vehicle-related crime in the South Burnett area,” Senior Constable Miller said.

“More operations of this nature are planned for the future.”

Results of the traffic blitz:

  • 701 x random breath tests (zero detected)
  • 53 x drug tests (five returned a positive sample)
  • 67 x traffic infringement notices for a variety of offences, including speeding, driving defective vehicles and licence offences
  • 62 x charges (including nine unlicensed drivers and three disqualified drivers)

As well, two people were arrested on outstanding warrants.

One vehicle was towed and an application will be made to have the vehicle forfeited (5th unlicenced driving charge)

Two vehicles were immobilised for seven days (ie. number plates seized) and one for 90 days.

Police detected a 33-year-old Brisbane man travelling at 147km/h in a 100km/h zone. He was issued with a $1177 fine, lost his licence for six months and eight demerit points.

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On Monday, Kingaroy police were called to the foyer of the Kingaroy Courthouse at 11:15am in regards to a man creating a disturbance.

Police arrested an intoxicated 42-year-old Fairdale man who was allegedly swearing at of members of the public. He will appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 2 charged with public nuisance.

At 1:30pm on the same day, police executed a search warrant at a Kurtellen Street, Kingaroy, address. A 35-year-old Kingaroy man will appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 2 charged with possessing a small amount of cannabis. A 39-year-old Morayfield man will appear in court on the same day charged with failing to properly dispose of a used syringe.

At 10:50pm on Monday night, Kingaroy police pulled over a driver in Mant Street, Kingaroy, for an RBT. The driver, a 51-year-old Boondooma man, allegedly returned a reading of 0.123 BAC.

He will appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 16 charged with drink driving,  and driving and unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

His vehicle was also immobilised for seven days.

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On Tuesday, Kingaroy police searched a residence in Frangipani Drive, allegedly locating a small quantity of cannabis. 

Between 2:30pm and 8:00pm on Tuesday, a chainsaw and pressure cleaner were stolen from an open carport in Youngman Street, Kingaroy.

Investigations into both matters are continuing.

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A battery was stolen from a truck parked at the rear of an Avoca Street, Kingaroy, business at some time between 10:30am on June 18 and 8:20am on June 20.

Investigations are continuing.


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One Response to Blitz Nets Five Drug Drivers

  1. Pat Ogden

    Excellent result. Drug testing should be as common as RBT. Hopefully we will see this happening more often.

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