Day 2 Results - Operation Tortoise

Saturday, 15 April 2017 12:49:10 PM

Police are pleading with motorists to drive more responsibly after several high-range drink drivers were detected on day two of Operation Tortoise

Officers are out in force across the state’s roads again today and across the weekend targeting irresponsible and unsafe drivers as part of Operation Tortoise.

Some significant incidents from Operation Tortoise are below:


About 1am today (Saturday 15 April 2017), police were patrolling The Lakes Way, Darrawank, near Forster, when they saw a 4WD allegedly being driven erratically towards Tuncurry. The female driver was stopped and subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive reading.
The 30-year-old woman from Port Macquarie was arrested and taken to Forster Police Station where she returned an alleged reading of 0.216. She was issued with a Field Court attendance notice for a high-range PCA offence. She is due to appear in Forster Local Court on Wednesday 3 May 2017. Her licence was suspended on the spot.


A 30-year-old woman, who is already disqualified from driving until 2027, was stopped by police in Wilcannia and submitted to a roadside breath test. She later returned a breath analysis reading of 0.206 and will be issued with a future court attendance notice.


A 22-year-old man had his licence confiscated after he was detected drink driving in Five Dock just after midnight today (Saturday 15 April 2017). The P-Plater was stopped on Lyons Road and returned a positive roadside test. He was taken to Burwood Police Station and returned a breath analysis of 0.175. Checks on his licence revealed it was suspended. He was charged with high range PCA.


A 48-year-old woman has been charged with high range PCA after being stopped by police about 10.10pm yesterday (Friday 14 April 2017). The woman was stopped by police on Elyard Street, Narellan, after she allegedly crashed into a railing. She was taken to Narellan Police Station where she returned a reading of 0.153.


A 38-year-old man has had his licence suspended on the spot after he was detected speeding by police on the Cumberland Highway at Greystanes about 5.15pm yesterday (Friday 14 April 2017). The man was allegedly recorded at 124km/h in a 70km/h zone and was issued a speeding fine for $2350.


Just after 2am today (Saturday 15 April 2017), police were conducting stationary RBT when a Toyota Camry allegedly attempted to avoid the RBT site. Officers attached to Parramatta Highway Patrol stopped the 35-year-old driver and searched his car. Police allegedly located 3.6 grams of ICE and a prohibited weapon. The man was taken to Merrylands Police Station and charged.


A man who is disqualified from driving until 2033 was stopped in a car at Toormina about 1.55am today (Saturday 15 April 2017). He returned a positive roadside drug test and was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with a number of traffic offences including state false name, disqualified driving, refuse oral fluid test and two unrelated warrant matters. He was refused bail and will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court today.


A 25-year-old man has been charged after leading police on a pursuit at Cooranbong about 7.20pm yesterday (Friday 14 April 2017). The motorcyclist allegedly accelerated away from police, and a pursuit was initiated. The man was later arrested at his home and taken to Wyong Police Station where he was charged with drive in a manner dangerous, drive whilst disqualified, police pursuit – Skye’s Law. He will appear in Wyong Local Court next month.


A 32-year-old man was stopped at Lightning Ridge and returned a positive roadside test. Checks on his licence revealed he is suspended from driving until 2028.


Police from Mudgee Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement about 8.20pm yesterday (Friday 14 April 2017), on Castlereagh Highway, Appletree Flat, when they detected a 38-year-old man travelling at 153km/h in a 100km/h zone. He was fined and had his licence suspended.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said that despite numerous warnings from police, some motorists still choose to do the wrong thing.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing motorists take unnecessary risks on the road,” he said.

“Drivers must remember the serious responsibility they have to ensure their own safety, that of their passengers and other motorists every time they get behind the wheel.

“We expect there to be continued significant traffic across our roads over the long weekend and we simply ask that motorists drive responsibly and safely.”

Key Statistics (Total: Day Two):
Speed infringements: 3125
Breath tests: 89 686
PCA charges: 61
Major crashes: 146
Fatalities: 2