TWO cyclists are lucky to be alive after being mowed down by an alleged drunk driver in northern New South Wales.
Police said a white Ford Courier ute ploughed into the riders on the Bruxner Highway near Casino around 11.30am on Saturday.
It’s understood the ute was travelling west along the highway when it collided with the cyclists about 6km east of Drake.
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The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, were riding in a group and both suffered serious injuries after being collected by the ute.
They were both treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to then Gold Coast University Hospital.
Police said both men were expected to undergo surgery.
The 34-year-old man behind the wheel of the ute was arrested at the scene after allegedly failing a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned an official breath analysis reading of 0.243.
During a subsequent search of the man’s vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.
The 34-year-old’s licence was suspended and he was charged with eight offences, including two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He was also charged with negligent driving, high-range PCA, possessing a prohibited drug and altering the concentration of alcohol before a test.
The man was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.
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