A MAN who allegedly did a burnout outside a police station was among 14 people caught drink driving during in region on the weekend.
Officers issued 146 infringement notices including to drink and drug drivers and three disqualified drivers during the three-day police blitz.
Operation Western Chrome was conducted on primary and secondary roads across the region with officers focusing on drug and alcohol driving.
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Among the drink drivers caught was a 33-year-old man who performed a burnout outside Mudgee Police Station at 10.30pm on Saturday.
The motorist was stopped by police and he allegedly failed to submit to a roadside breath test and resisted police as he was removed from the car.
He was taken to Mudgee Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis, which returned a reading of 0.207, placing him in the high-range PCA category (over four times the legal limit).
The man was charged with drive with high range PCA, refuse or fail to submit to a breath test, negligent driving, Class A motor vehicle exceed speed by more than 45km/h, drive manner dangerous and resist police.
The man's licence was suspended and he was released on conditional bail to appear at Mudgee Local Court in September.
The police blitz ran from Friday to Sunday with 80 staff deployed across the regions roads. During the two nights:
- 2391 breath tests were conducted, resulting in 14 PCA offences,
- 79 drug tests, resulting in 10 RDT offences
- 146 infringement notices issued;
- 25 charges, including three disqualified drivers.
Commander for Traffic and Highway Patrol Superintendent Paul Glinn said this blitz should reinforce to motorists that drug and alcohol testing can take place anytime and anywhere.
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"These type of operations involving Traffic and Highway Patrol and police from other areas working together, with a larger operational footprint, will continue and it is important to reinforce that if you make poor choices and decide to drive, you are not only putting yourself and others at risk," he said.
"You are more likely to be detected, arrested and placed before the courts.
"Risky driver behaviour particularly impacts on regional communities and those behaviours targeted are causal factors in serious and fatal collisions on regional roads."
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