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Bad driving weekend in Byron Bay

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Three people were arrested for either drink- or drug-affected driving in Byron Bay over the weekend, including one driver who allegedly fled after an accident.

About 10:10pm on Friday (February 2) a 30-year-old old male driving a white Toyota Hilux ute at low speed north on Jonson Street crashed into a Mercedes Sprinter van, which was stopped at the intersection of Byron Street with its indicator on to turn right.

Police travelling in the opposite direction witnessed the crash.

The accused turned left into Byron Street and then into the car park at the rear of the Commonwealth Bank.

The driver of the Mercedes van followed.

The accused got out of his vehicle and left the area without providing his details to the other party.

A witness followed and flagged down police who located the accused in the Railway Park car park nearby.

The man was taken to Byron Bay police station where a breath analysis provided a reading of 0.144.

The man admitted to police he had consumed 10 Coopers Pale Ale beers at a friend’s place in Suffolk Park prior to driving to Byron Bay.

He was suspended from driving and will appear in Byron Bay Local Court on February 22.

Rev head on meth

About 1.15am Saturday morning (February 3) police noticed a Green Peugeot sedan accelerate quickly near the Great Northern Hotel.

As a result, the vehicle was stopped and the driver was subjected to a breath test.

The driver passed the breath test however appeared to be affected by an illegal substance. He was then subjected to a random drug test, which resulted in a positive result to methamphetamine.

A search of the male allegedly revealed a knife and some resealable bags containing cannabis, methylamphetamine and heroin.

He was taken Byron Bay police station and charged.

He will also appear at Byron Bay Local Court on the February 22.

Overseas driver on Sticky Wicket

About 2.44am on Sunday (February 4) police stopped Subaru station wagon in Shirley Street outside of the Byron Bay Police Station.

They spoke to the 28-year-old male driver who produced an overseas licence..

His breath smelt strongly of liquor and a roadside breath test gave a positive result.

At the Byron Bay Police Station he was subjected to a breath analysis which returned a positive reading of 0.121.

The man admitted to having consumed three schooners of beer at The Sticky Wicket Bar between 8.30pm and 12.30am.

Due to the mid-range reading he was issued with a Notice of Suspension regarding his licence.

He will appear before Byron Bay Local Court on a date yet to be set.


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