Police catch extreme drivers

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POLICE have caught a high-range drink driver in Gungahlin last night and a hit-and-run driver in Macquarie early this morning.

About 10.55pm  a car was stopped on Hibberson Street after the driver was observed not wearing a seat belt. The 51-year-old man returned a positive screen test and was conveyed to the Gungahlin Police Station where he returned a positive blood alcohol result of 0.331, that is more than six times the legal limit. The vehicle had also been unregistered since March, 2010.

His licence was immediately suspended and he has been summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court.

Meanwhile, at about  3.43am this morning, Belconnen patrol members attended a report of two males struck by a car on Belconnen Way, Macquarie.

The men, aged 34 and 36, were treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance, one for a badly broken leg, the other for a broken arm and both for minor injuries.

The men were being driven home by a 31-year-old woman, who stopped the car and kicked them out on Belconnen Way after one of the men allegedly  made a derogatory remark towards her.

It is alleged she then drove off the roadway, striking both males before continuing into a small tree and driving away, leaving several parts from the front of the car at the scene.

Police followed a trail of vehicle fluids from the scene to the home of the offender, where damage to the vehicle was consistent with the incident and the debris left behind.

After returning a positive screen test, the driver was conveyed to Belconnen Police Station where she returned a positive blood alcohol result of 0.043, twice the legal limit for a provisional driver. The vehicle was also unregistered.

The driver was summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court.

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