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P-plater taken to Orange Police Station after allegedly blowing .229

September 12, 2022

Orange Police Station. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes

About 8.10pm on Saturday (September 10, 2022), officers attached Central West Police District stopped a white Ford Escape, and conducted a random breath test, returning a positive result.

The P2 driver – a 22-year-old man – was taken to Orange Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.229.

He was given a future court attendance notice for drive with high range PCA and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and will appear at Orange Local Court in October.

Across Western Region in NSW more than 250 infringements were issued as part of Operation Fume, police said.

The operation ran on Friday and Saturday (September 9-10) and targeted drug and alcohol driving offences, and general road compliance.

"The high-visibility operation involved officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, supported by general duties officers from local police districts," police stated.

"During the operation, police conducted 1,093 roadside drug tests, resulting in 86 positive drug tests."

Police also conducted 3,971 random breath tests, which resulted in 37 people being charged with PCA offences.

Western Region operations manager, superintendent Luke Rankin, said: "Consuming alcohol or drugs impairs your ability to operate a road vehicle and can lead to life-changing consequences.

“The message is simple, keep to the speed limit, wear a seatbelt, and a helmet for motorcyclists, having a plan B to get home safely if you are drinking, and focusing on the road.

The community can expect similar operations within the command in the future, police said.

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