News Police

Warning after men drunk behind wheel

TWO men have been charged with high-range drink driving.

About 12.20pm last Sunday, police stopped an unregistered Holden Commodore travelling along Sir Bertram Steven’s Drive in the Royal National Park and the 43-year-old driver from Yagoona underwent a roadside breath-test which returned a positive result.

He was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for high-range PCA, driving with expired licence, and using unregistered vehicle, and issued a suspension notice to prevent him from re-applying for his licence.

A Greenacre man was also charged with high range drink-driving and multiple traffic offences.

About 9pm last Tuesday, Bankstown police stopped the driver of a silver Toyota Kluger, a 36-year-old man, on Waterloo Road, Greenacre, for a random breath test.

Police directed the motor vehicle to stop, however, the driver allegedly failed to comply, and accelerated south turning east onto Norfolk Road. He was stopped a short time later on Roberts Road, where he was breath tested and returned a positive result.

He was charged with driving a motor vehicle during disqualification period – 2nd offence, approval holder not complying with conditions-interlock devices, driving with high range PCA – 2nd offence, driving recklessly/furiously or speed in a manner dangerous – 2nd offence, drive past stationary emergency vehicle at speed, and failing to comply with request or signal to stop vehicle.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said those drink driving put themselves, their passengers, and other road users at great risk.

“The effects of alcohol are impossible to avoid. After a night out, you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day,” he said. 

Alcohol is a depressant and:

• Slows your brain so that you can’t respond to situations, make decisions, or react quickly.

• Reduces your ability to judge how fast you are moving or your distance from other cars, people or objects.

• Gives you a false sense of confidence – you may take greater risks, thinking that your competence behind the wheel is better than it really is.

• Makes it harder to do more than one thing at a time – while you concentrate on steering, you could miss seeing traffic lights, cars entering from side streets, or pedestrians.

• Affects your sense of balance – a big risk if you ride a motorcycle.

• Makes you drowsy – increasing the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

Driver assaults officer 

A MAN from Padstow has been charged after a police officer was allegedly assaulted in Jannali last Thursday.

Just after 2pm, an officer from Sutherland Highway Patrol stopped a grey Mazda sedan on Jannali Avenue after it was allegedly detected at more than 20km over the speed limit.

The driver, a 48-year-old Padstow man, allegedly refused to give police his driver’s licence, became aggressive before driving off.

Police caught up with the man in Leonay Street, Sutherland, where the car was stopped again. The man got out of the vehicle and was again aggressive with police before he attempted to get back into his vehicle.

The officer attempted to stop the man however, he allegedly became violent and assaulted the officer.

The man was charged with assaulting police officer in execution of duty, resisting officer in execution of duty, not complying with direction given by police officer, driving a motor vehicle while licence suspended, not giving particulars to police, and using offensive language in/near public place/school.

Second carjacker bust 

A SECOND man has been charged over an alleged carjacking in Greenacre.

About 4.20pm on Saturday, March 16, police will allege a woman arranged to meet with two men outside a home on Mahogany Way, Greenacre, regarding an online advertisement for a 2014 black Mercedes A45 AMG.

One of the men entered the vehicle with the 34-year-old woman, who was heavily pregnant, and two children – a 10-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl – for a test drive.

The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Maiden and Norfolk streets, Greenacre, and the man entered the driver’s seat.

It’s alleged the man drove away and the woman fell over after attempting to grab hold of the door.

The car stopped down the road and the children exited, before it drove away.

The woman was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for bruising and grazes, however, the children were uninjured.

Following inquiries, about 11pm last Thursday, an 18-year-old man was arrested at a house on Selwyn Place, Fairfield West.

He was charged with aggravated robbery.