Disqualified Learner found back behind the wheel, drunk and speeding

Frustrated Police have locked up a serial offender, after he was found drink-driving and speeding on the NSW North Coast.

The 23-year-old, who had previously been disqualified from driving until 2034, was sprung by Highway Patrol officers about 6pm on Monday at Sapphire Beach, near Coffs Harbour.

The learner driver was behind the wheel of a white Holden Viva, sporting red P-plates, on the Pacific Highway, allegedly travelling at 114km/h.


Police alleged, as they approached the car, the driver and passenger swapped seats.

Investigations revealed that the man was also required to have an interlock device fitted at the end of his disqualification period.

They carried out a breath test which returned a positive reading.

He was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was subjected to a breath analysis and supplied an alleged reading of 0.144.

He was charged with mid-range drink-driving (2nd offence), drive whilst disqualified, exceed speed by more than 20km/h, and not comply with interlock device.

He faced Coffs Harbour Local Court today where he was refused bail and is due to appear at the same court on Tuesday 18 July.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said that a lack of personal responsibility continues to be an issue for road users.

“People who drink or take drugs and drive, speed, not wear a seat belt or helmet, drive fatigued, or distracted by a mobile phone, are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at great risk, Comm Smith said.

“Almost 200 lives have already been lost this year on NSW roads. In many cases it is reckless and dangerous drivers that are adding to the toll.

“It is pure luck that some drivers, their friends and families, get to go home, instead of being involved in a serious injury, or even a fatal crash.”