Muswellbrook driver engaged in police pursuit

A MUSWELLBROOK man will appear before the Muswellbrook Local Court on several driving charges after evading a police chase last week.

About 11.10am on Thursday, August 3, officers were patrolling in a southerly direction on Skellatar Stock Route, Muswellbrook. 

At this time, a red Holden Commodore sedan passed by in a northerly direction. 

Police turned and activated all warning devices and performed a U-turn to catch up to the vehicle, which had gone out of sight. 

They then initiated a pursuit after the sedan failed to stop. 

After a short time, police terminated the pursuit due to public safety risk.

After making a number of enquiries, the vehicle and the accused were located at the Muswellbrook Fair car park.

The 24-year-old man was disqualified from driving and on bail for driving offences.

He was charged with breach of bail, driving whilst disqualified (2nd offence) and engaging in a police pursuit. 

Positive drug test

ABOUT 9.15pm on Saturday, August 5, a red Ford Festiva driven by a 47-year-old Muswellbrook man was stopped by police at the intersection of Sydney and Tobruk streets for the purpose of a random breath and drug test. 

The accused’s breath test result was negative.

However, he was then subjected to an oral fluid test, which subsequently produced a positive detection to cannabis.

He was arrested for the purpose of a secondary oral fluid test and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station. 

This returned a result of positive to methylamphatime. 

He was issued with a Notice of Prohibition from Driving or Supervising a Learner Driver for 24 hours. 

The accused was advised that the remainder of the sample would be sent to the New South Wales Forensic and Analytical Science Service at Lidcombe for analysis.  

Mid-range PCA

ABOUT 11.55pm on Thursday, August 3, police were conducting patrols of the Muswellbrook CBD when they observed a white Toyota Landcruiser tray back utility travelling in an easterly direction on Maitland Street, with two males wearing orange high visibility jackets standing on the back tray of the utility. 

As the vehicle approached Bell Street, the two males standing on the tray back turned and saw police and crouched down.

As it indicated and turned left onto Bell Street, heading in a northerly direction, one of the males jumped from the back of the utility and ran away.

Police activated their warning lights and indicated for the vehicle to pull over.  

As the utility stopped, the other male standing on the back of the tray back jumped off and ran away.

Police approached the driver’s side door and observed the accused, seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Officers could smell intoxicating liquor on the breath of the 31-year-old, who told police that he had consumed a couple of drinks. 

He was subsequently breath tested and returned a positive reading.

The man was arrested and conveyed to Muswellbrook Police Station for the purpose of a breath analysis, which returned a reading of 0.135 grammes of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.  

The accused’s driver’s licence was confiscated and he was issued a notice of suspension. 

He was charged with driving with a mid-range concentration of alcohol and having unrestrained passengers. 

He is to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on September 4.