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Teenager on L plates faces multiple charges after horror crash in Orange

January 6, 2023

Orange police Station. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes

Police have charged a teenage driver following a serious crash in Orange this morning.

About 12.30am (Friday January 6, 2023), emergency services were called to Coronation Drive following reports a Subaru Impreza had crashed into a tree.

A 17-year-old male, who was the front-seat passenger, was released by officers from Fire and Rescue NSW before being airlifted to Westmead Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The male driver, also aged 17, and a 14-year-old girl, travelling in the back seat, were not injured.

Officers from Central West Police District established a crime scene, which was later examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit. Coronation Drive was closed to traffic for several hours.

An intensive care ambulance on the scene. Photo: Troy Pearson/TNV

The driver underwent a breath test at the scene, which allegedly returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Orange Police Station, where he underwent a breath analysis that allegedly returned a reading of 0.164.

Inquires established that the driver was the holder of a learner licence and no other passengers in the vehicle were full licence holders.

Following the breath analysis, the teenager was taken to Orange Base Hospital for mandatory testing and then brought back to Orange Police Station where he was charged with five offences, including:

  • aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol),

  • aggravated driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive under the influence,

  • drive with high-range PCA,

  • negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm), and

  • learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/ tester.

The boy was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at a children’s court on Thursday February 2, 2023.

His licence has also been suspended.

As inquiries are continuing, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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