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P-plater causes carnage on Upper Hunter roads


A P-plater who caused carnage on the roads in the Upper Hunter overnight, while five times over the limit, will face court following two separate crashes.

Shortly after 6.50pm on Thursday 25 January, emergency services responded to reports of two crashes, allegedly involving the same vehicle, in Muswellbrook.

Police were told a 20-year-old man driving a utility was travelling east along the New England Highway when it hit the rear of a Lexus, which was stopped at the intersection of Thomas Street.

The male behind the wheel of the ute allegedly left the scene without exchanging details.

A short time later, the man continued driving east along the New England Highway, when his vehicle collided with the left side of a Mazda utility, which was stationary at the time.

But, again, he failed to halt.

He continued driving until his vehicle hit a gutter and came to a stop on John Howe Circuit.

The driver of the Mazda followed the man and exchanged details with him, before calling the police.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended and submitted the male to a roadside breath test, which produced a positive reading.

He was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

There, a breath analysis allegedly returned a positive reading of 0.278.

The man, currently a Provisional 2 driver which is restricted to a 0-alcohol limit, was charged with high-range PCA and not give particulars to other drivers after crash.

The driver’s licence was suspended and he was granted conditional bail to appear before Muswellbrook Local Court on Tuesday 5 March.

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