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Driver of rolled B-double was on ice: police

A truck driver has been charged, and police are awaiting the results of a roadside drug test, after a B-double crashed on the Summerland Way overnight.

Emergency services were called to Carrs Creek, north of Grafton, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence, about 8pm (Tuesday 14 August 2018).

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck – and its load of paper – was extensively damaged.

The driver returned a negative roadside breath test; however, a roadside drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police District searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe; during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice.

The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving, supplying a prohibited drug, and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on Monday 3 September 2018.

Any further charges depend on the drug test results.

Traffic has returned to normal on the Summerland Way.

 


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