Drunk driver caught with gun and 150 bullets after domestic dispute

A man has been arrested and charged after he was allegedly caught drink-driving while armed with a shotgun and 150 bullets following a domestic disturbance in the NSW Hunter Region overnight.

Police said the 44-year-old man had become involved in a domestic argument with a relative at a Stockton Street home in Nelson Bay at around 9.30pm.

A short time later, police found the man standing close to his vehicle on Shoal Bay Road at Shoal Bay.


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He was arrested after allegedly refusing to undergo a roadside breath test.

Police then searched the man’s car and allegedly found a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition.

The 44-year-old man was conveyed to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis which allegedly returned a reading of 0.159.

He was charged with high range drink driving, not keep firearm safe and handle or use firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

A suspension notice was issued to the man for his drivers and firearms licences, and a provisional apprehended domestic violence order was made.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear before Raymond Terrace Local Court on 7 June.

Investigations are continuing.