P-plater blows .212

P-plater blows .212

A 23-year-old Tura Beach man was arrested on Sapphire Coast Drive at 1.50am on Saturday, March 22. The man was found to have more than four times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood but as a P-plater he should have had none. The P-plater’s licence was suspended on the spot.

He was later charged with high range PCA with a blood alcohol level of .212.

Sergeant Cliff Scarlett of Merimbula Police said: “The possible penalties for the offence include $3,300 in fines, 18 months in goal and an extended period of licence disqualification.” 

Sergeant Scarlett added: “The driver was let down by a friend in vehicle who allowed him to drive the vehicle when it was obvious that he was in no fit state to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, it appears that some people are just not getting the message." 

Swearing at police

A 36-year-old Merimbula man will face Bega Local Court after swearing at police and behaving in an offensive manner when police were called to a noise complaint in Reid Street, Merimbula at 12am on Sunday, March 16. The man at that location was arrested and charged with arrest warrants dating back to 2002 for break and enter offences for which he had failed to attend court. He was refused bail.

High range PCA

A 70-year-old Merimbula man will face Bega Local Court charged with high range PCA after being stopped by police at 7.45pm on Wednesday, March 19 on Monaro Street, Merimbula with a blood alcohol reading of .153.  His licence was suspended on the spot.

Bad note in music shop

A 50-year-old Victorian man received a fine of $200 for offensive behaviour after attempting to expose himself to a shop assistant at Sanity Music on Saturday, March 15.   

Caught stealing

On Sunday, March 20 a 16-year-old female and her 20-year-old sister were detected stealing a number of garments from Best and Less, Merimbula.  The juvenile will be dealt with through the young offenders act with the older sister receiving an $300 infringement.

Costly night out

About 11.45pm on Saturday, March 21 a 24-year-old Merimbula male received fines totalling $1,100 after failing to leave the Pambula Golf Club when directed to do so and then returning to the club within six hours of the direction.  

Low range PCA

A 21-year-old ACT man will face Bega Local Court charged with low range PCA after being stopped by police at 9.30pm on Saturday, March 22 with a blood alcohol reading of .078. 

Shade sail stolen

On Monday, March 10 police were contacted about the theft of a large shade sail, grey or blue in colour which was stolen from the Sapphire Community Centre, Main Street, Merimbula on Monday, February 10.


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