• Hannah Phillips

Drivers Caught by Murray Mallee LSA Police over Easter


Police in the Murray Mallee Local Service Area detected a number of drivers in breach of the law over the Easter long weekend.


On Thursday (29 March) a 50-year-old man from the Mannum region was arrested and charged with a number of offences after being stopped on Weidenhofer Rd, Ponde.

The man was charged with driving while unlicensed, uninsured, and unregistered, driving with unassigned plates and contrary to a defect notice, and carrying an offensive weapon.

It will be alleged a police search of the vehicle located a baseball bat with nails in it which was seized.

The man was granted bail and is expected to appear in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on 28 May.

About 7.40pm on Thursday a 27-year-old man from Padthaway was reported for driving while disqualified after being pulled over by police on the Princes Highway, Murray Bridge.

He will be summonsed to attend Murray Bridge Magistrates Court at a later date.

At 1.30pm on Friday, a 57-year-old man from Murray Bridge, was reported for drink driving (0.165), driving while unlicensed and driving without due care after police received reports of a car swerving all over the road on the Dukes Highway, Cooke Plains.

Police located the vehicle on Darwin Road, with the driver expected to be summonsed to attend court at a later date.

About 9pm on Saturday, an 18-year-old man from Lewiston was reported for riding while unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured and with no helmet after attending Morgan Rd, Barmera following reports about a motorbike being ridden in the area.

He is expected to be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

On Sunday, a 26-year-old man from Jervois was reported for drug driving (methamphetamine and cannabis) following a traffic collision that occurred on 7 February at Jervois Road, Wellington.

It will be alleged that following the crash the accused had blood samples taken at hospital which returned positive readings and he will be summonsed to attend the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court at a later date.

On Monday two drivers were detected driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

A 42-year-old man from Moonta Bay tested positive for methamphetamine after being pulled over about 9.50am in Ramco.

He was given direction not to drive for 24-hours and is expected to face further legal consequences following the completion for forensic testing.

About 3pm s 35-year-old man from Victoria tested positive for cannabis and was directed not to drive for five hours.

He is expected to face further legal consequences following the completion for forensic testing.

Police would like to remind motorist that road safety is everyone's responsibility.