Man allegedly under influence of drugs, alcohol crashed into motorist in middle of the afternoon

by | Jul 13, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

An alleged high-range drunk driver who crashed into another car on Vanderlin Dr yesterday afternoon was allegedly also found to be high on an unspecified drug and driving while disqualified, NT Police said.

Police allege the 52-year-old man rear ended another vehicle at the intersection of Agostini Rd and Vanderlin Dr at around 1:30pm on Monday.

When police arrived on the scene, the man was found to have been disqualified from driving and returned a roadside reading of 0.168 – classified as “high-range”.

But police allege the man also returned a positive result for a drug test also believed to be administered at the scene of the crash.

“It is incredibly disappointing that a motorist, having known full well he was disqualified from driving, made a conscious decision to drive whilst intoxicated and under the influence of drugs,” Senior Sergeant John Ginnane said.

“This is precisely the behaviour police on our roads are looking to stamp out.  It is also the behaviour that has contributed to the lives lost on Territory roads to number 18 so far this year, compared to 11 at the same time in 2020.

“It is pure luck, rather than good management that nobody was killed or seriously injured as a result of this driver’s complete lack of regard for other users of a public road.”

The man was arrested and charged with driving without due care, driving while disqualified, high-range drink driving and driving with a prohibited drug in his body.

He was to appear in Darwin Local Court today.

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