• Hannah Phillips

Speeding, Drunk and Unlicensed at Coober Pedy

A driver was arrested after allegedly driving erratically, at speed and under the influence at Coober Pedy in the early hours of this morning.

Police received several reports of a vehicle hooning around Coober Pedy around 2am on Friday 10 August.

Police located a vehicle just before 2.30am, however, it failed to stop for police and was seen to drive off at speed down the main street.

The vehicle was subsequently located at 3.15am at a Coober Pedy address and the alleged driver identified and arrested.

The 31-year-old man from Indulkana community was charged with failing to stop for police, speed dangerous, driving unlicensed and drink driving after he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.169.

He was issued with an immediate 12 month loss of licence and his car was impounded.

He was bailed to appear in court on 11 October.

Another man has had his licence suspended after he was caught drink-driving at Coober Pedy yesterday.

Police will allege that about 10.15pm on Thursday 9 August, police were conducting random driver testing on the Stuart Highway when they stopped a Toyota four-wheel-drive.

The male driver underwent a breath test and returned a positive reading of 0.112.

The 40-year-old Coober Pedy man was reported for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol, was issued a six-month immediate loss of licence notice and had his car impounded for 28 days.

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

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