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Drink-driver caught more than six times legal limit


Hunter Valley motorists have been warned.

If you opt to drink and drive, you will be caught.

That’s the message after a police operation at the weekend, which resulted in four people being charged for the offence throughout the region.

Muswellbrook Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on the New England Highway at Aberdeen about 11pm on Thursday 10 November for not dipping their high beam lights.

The driver, a 28-year-old male, returned a positive breath test of 0.119.

Then, at 1pm on Friday 11 November, a 38-year-old man was stopped by officers from the same patrol.

He incredibly registered a reading of 0.307, more than six times the legal limit.

Hours later, at 10.45pm, Cessnock Highway Patrol pulled over a 22-year-old male for conducting a U-turn across dividing lines.

He returned a positive breath test of 0.097.

The final incident occurred at 2.19am on Sunday 13 November.

Singleton Highway Patrol detected a 23-year-old man travelling at 128km/hr in a signposted 100km/hr zone.

He was subjected to a breath test, which eventually came back 0.153.

All drivers were issued field court attendance notices for drink-driving and all licences were suspended on the spot.

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