A MOTORIST, allegedly more than five times "over the limit", was charged with high-range drink driving at Muswellbrook on Tuesday.
About 4.15pm on March 24, officers from Hunter Valley Police District noticed a Holden Commodore stopped in the middle of the road on Pacific Way.
As police approached the vehicle, it allegedly drove off, before stopping on Tobruk Avenue.
The driver - a 42-year-old man - was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive reading, before being arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.
The man then returned a breath analysis reading of 0.274 and was charged with high range PCA and assault police.
Police will allege in court that the man claimed he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughed at the police officer when he was asked to submit to a breath test.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday, April 6.