Warwick police see spike in drug and drink driving

Warwick police have caught three drink drivers and two drug drivers in the last week. Picture: FILE

By Jess Baker

Warwick police have been kept busy this last week dealing with a spate of drink and drug driving offenders.

Between Tuesday 1 June and Monday 7 June, five road users tested positive for drugs and alcohol – four in broad daylight.

Warwick Police acting Senior Sergeant Cameron Slater said at 7.30am on 1 June, a 38-year-old Warwick man tested positive for drugs during a random roadside test at Jackie Howe Drive.

The man was brought back to the Warwick station where he once again tested positive for drugs. He was also found to be unlicensed.

He will appear before the Warwick Magistrates Court on 19 July for both unlicensed driving and driving with a drug present in his saliva.

Senior Sergeant Slater said a 43-year-old Warwick woman tested positive for drugs at midday on Wednesday 2 June, also during a roadside test.

She will face court in Warwick on 26 July.

A Coolangatta man driving a Ford Ranger Ute was stopped for a random breath test on Yangan Road at 1.30am on Saturday 5 June.

It is alleged the 20-year-old blew 0.141 when tested. He will appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on 28 June.

Later that same day, at 10.30am, a 63-year-old man from Pratten was driving on Dragon Street in a Nissan Navara Ute when stopped by police.

He was given notice to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on 12 July, after allegedly blowing 0.121 in a random breath test.

A 55-year-old Waterford man will also appear in court on a charge of drink driving after he allegedly blew 0.098 during a random breath test on Sunday 6 June.

The man was intercepted at 1.30pm in a Mitsubishi Triton on Freestone Road for the test.

He is scheduled to appear in court on 12 July.

Senior Sergeant Slater said there did appear to have been a spike in drug and drink driving in the last week, but it was likely to be random.

Also last week, on Wednesday 2 June, number plates were stolen from a Holden Commodore parked eight kilometres east of Warwick between midnight and 11.30am.

The vehicle was parked on Warwick Killarney Road at the time.

Senior Sergeant Slater said investigations were still ongoing and anyone with information should contact Warwick police on 4660 4444 or Policelink on 131 444.