JUST before 9am on Sunday, a 43-old man from Rushes Creek, attended the Port Macquarie Police Station to retrieve his lost mobile phone. While at the station he was advised that his driver’s licence had been suspended due to fine default.
He returned to his vehicle parked in Sunset Pde and sat there for five minutes before allegedly driving the vehicle to Murray St where he was stopped by police.
He was subjected to a random breath test which was negative and a random drug test which returned a positive result to methylamphetamine.
He was arrested and taken to the Port Macquarie Police Station where he provided an oral fluid sufficient for analysis. It returned a positive result to methylamphetamine.
This sample is sent off to Lidcombe Analytical Laboratory for analysis.
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While speaking to the male at his vehicle, police allegedly smelt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle. The 23-old woman passenger from North Tamworth allegedly admitted to smoking cannabis in the vehicle the night before.
Half a gram of cannabis was located upon searching the vehicle. The woman was taken to the Port Macquarie Police station and issued with a court attendance notice to appear at the Port Macquarie Local Court on December 12.
Meanwhile, further afield, a woman has been fined after she was stopped for travelling at almost 80kph above the speed limit south of Tamworth on Sunday night.
Around 10 o’clock, Highway Patrol officers stopped a Hyundai Veloster on the New England Highway at Gowrie. Police had detected the vehicle travelling at 178kph – in a 100kph zone.
The 20-year-old woman driver was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kph.