ON THE BEAT: with Gloucester Police

Crash driver five times over limit

A TAMWORTH man will appear in court in January after he crashed his car while driving nearly five times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

About 4.20pm on August 2 the 53-year-old was driving a Holden Commodore west on the Gloucester Tops Rd when he allegedly swerved to avoid a mob of kangaroos.

The man lost control of the vehicle which left the road and travelled about 70m down an embankment.

The man walked to a nearby residence and emergency services were contacted.

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle where a blood sample was taken.

Tests revealed the man allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of 0.243.

He will appear in Tamworth Local Court next month charged with high-range drink driving.

Teen drove without a licence 

A GLOUCESTER teen will face court early next year charged with driving under the influence and driving without a licence.

About 9pm on November 8, the 18-year-old woman attended a local hotel with some friends. 

The group travelled to the hotel in silver Mazda 3. 

The group left around the hotel about 11.30pm.

The accused is alleged to have been behind the wheel of the Mazda 3 as it left the hotel.

The accused does not hold a current NSW driver’s licence. 

Police allege the accused spent a period of time driving around the streets of Gloucester with her friends in the vehicle. 

Numerous witnesses have provided statements to police about the woman’s manner of driving. 

About 1am on November 9 the car was flagged down by a group of people on Avon St concerned over the woman’s driving. 

Both the accused and the other vehicle occupants were allegedly spoken to about their manner of driving, as well as driving under the influence.

The teen’s licence status was also questioned. 

The discussion later led to a confrontation between a second woman and a local man in which the man was alleged to have been stabbed.

The accused will appear at Gloucester Court in February. 

Negligent driving charge after burnouts

 A MEDOWIE teenager has been charged with negligent driving after performing a series of burnouts outside a local hotel.

The 19-year-old travelled to Gloucester on November 23 from his home to catch up with friends at the Avon Valley Inn.

Police allege that as the man arrived at the front of the hotel he performed a small burnout leaving a tyre mark about 5m long on the bitumen surface.

At the urging of his friends the accused continued to perform burnouts in his vehicle leaving more tyre marks on the road at near the intersection of King and Church streets.

Police alleged that when the vehicle reached the intersection, the accused conducted a 360 degree turn, crossing to the incorrect side of the road while performing a burnout. 

The man continued to drive along Church St on the incorrect side of the road while a large crowd watched on nearby. 

About 12.30am on November 24 police spoke to the accused who confirmed he was the driver of the vehicle.

The teenager will appear at Gloucester Local Court in February charged with driving in a manner dangerous, performing a burnout and negligent driving.

Taree man had been drinking

A TAREE man has been charged with low-range drink driving.

About 7.50pm on November 23, police stopped a 58-year-old man was stopped on the Lakes Way at Rainbow Flat for the purpose of a random breath test.

The test proved positive and the man was taken to Taree Police Station for a breath analysis.

Police alleged the man returned a low-range blood alcohol reading of 0.063.

Wanted teen on the run 

POLICE have issued an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old Barrington teen.

The teenager is wanted by police following a domestic incident at a home in Barrington on October 7.

Police allege the 17 year old boy has been on the run ever since. 

Police expect to charge the teen with common assault once he is located.

Sleepy drunk found behind wheel of running vehicle

A BARRINGTON man who was found asleep behind the wheel of his still running vehicle has been charged after refusing to submit to a breath analysis.

About 3am on November 30 police were called to a suspicious vehicle on Waukivory Rd.

Officers located a blue tray-back utility parked on the side of the road with its lights on and the engine still running.

Police allege a 20-year-old man was asleep in the car and lying against the steering wheel. 

Officers entered the vehicle, turned off the ignition and removed the key. 

The man woke and was spoken to by police who determined he was well intoxicated. 

Under the Road Transport Act, it is an offence to occupy the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle when affected by alcohol, let alone have the vehicle running. 

The man was taken to Gloucester Police Station for a breath analysis but refused to submit a sample.

The accused was given two more opportunities to provide a sample but refused each time.

The man’s driver’s licence was immediately suspended by police.

He will appear at Gloucester Local Court in February charged with refusing a breath analysis. 

Police investigating lewd phone messages 

POLICE have launched an investigation after a woman was sent a series of lewd texts and images on her mobile phone.

About 5.15am on November 30 the 31-year-old received several rude and offensive text messages and picture messages on her mobile phone. 

Police allege all of the messages were of a crude and sexual nature. 

Police have performed several phone traces in an effort to identify the person responsible for the messages. 

Under the Telecommunications Act it is an offence to send messages which are deemed to be offensive.

Truck tyre caused crash 

A DRIVER has had a lucky escape after his vehicle hit a large chunk of shredded truck tyre and crashed near Belbora.

The Armidale man was driving a Subaru Forrester east on the Bucketts Way late on November when he collided with the tyre shortly after exiting a sweeping right-hand bend on a steep decline.

The vehicle struck the piece of tyre lying in the middle of the road and travelled up a nearby embankment.

This caused the car to roll over and land back on its wheels in the middle of the road.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and the driver attended Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Vandals attack dining table  

POLICE are seeking information after vandals using permanent marker defaced a dining room table at a home on Lavers St.

About 6pm on November 15 a woman left her home, leaving the rear sliding glass and screen doors open to allow her small dogs access the house. 

The victim returned about 9pm and found the message ‘PPP’ written in permanent marker on the surface of her dining table. 

No other property was damaged or touched and no property appears to have been stolen.

Vehicle was unregistered 

POLICE have issued a Gloucester man with an infringement notice for driving an unregistered vehicle.

The man was stopped by police on November 15 after checks revealed his vehicle’s registration had expired on October 31.

Woman's lucky escape 

A NEWCASTLE woman escaped uninjured after crashing her car in heavy rain on the Thunderbolts Way.

The woman was driving her partner’s Mazda from Newcastle to Armidale when she hit a large amount of water on the road near Glory Vale Bridge.

The vehicle aquaplaned travelled over an embankment, coming to rest at the side of the road in clay and dirt. 

Youths charged after beanie theft 

THREE local youths will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act after stealing several beanies from the local video store.

In a separate incident, another local youth entered escaped with a reprimand after stealing from the same store.

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