30 July 2019

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Police patrol

with Brodie Cowburn

Stats are in

Hat trick

FIGURES have revealed how many people fell foul of police during Operation Armada, which took place in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas. Operation Armada ran from 7pm, 19 July to 2am, 20 July. 2077 breath tests were administered, with 18 drink drivers detected. A P plater blew .154. Police conducted 149 drug tests and caught 20 drug drivers. Police impounded nine vehicles, issued 48 infringement notices, and found 15 drivers to be driving disqualified, suspended, or unlicensed. Three people were charged with criminal offences. Among those caught up in the operation was a nineteen year old Mt Eliza driver who had just received his green P Plates. He was caught overloading when police allegedly discovered two other passengers in his boot. Southern Metro Region Superintendent Adrian White said the results were “disappointing.” “It not only puts those drivers or riders in danger but puts the lives of every single other road user travelling around them at risk,” he said. “We have seen far too much trauma on our roads this year. This operation is not about detecting motorists doing the wrong thing, it’s about instilling awareness and making sure each and every motorist understands they have a responsibility when it comes to keeping our roads safe and driving down road trauma.”

TWO members of the Somerville highway patrol had a productive day on 22 July, impounding three cars in a two hour stretch. Just after 10.30am they pulled over a 64-year-old woman in Baxter driving on a suspended license. Her Volkswagen Golf was impounded for at least 30 days. Police also impounded a blue Hyundai iMax van, after they pulled over another driver in Frankston North. The 52-year-old Frankston man was allegedly driving on a suspended license. At around 12.30pm a 39-year-old woman was pulled over in Frankston on Fingal Drive. Police said she was driving a friend’s unregistered Commodore, and only had a learner’s permit. Police said the woman had removed the alcohol interlock system with the help of an unlicensed passenger. The woman allegedly returned a positive drug test for methylamphetamine. All three drivers will be summoned to court.

‘Abusive’ driver does time A WOMAN driving at 137 kmph in an 80 kmph zone was caught by police on Frankston-Dandenong Road, 5.40pm 22 July. Somerville Highway Patrol members pulled over a Commodore sedan and conducted a breath test on a 32-year-old Frankston North woman. She was accompanied by a passenger. Police said the woman became “abusive” when asked to undergo an

evidentiary breath test, and walked off. Police said the woman returned 15 minutes later, and was arrested. She spent four hours in a cell at Frankston police station. The woman in expected to be summonsed to appear in court on multiple charges, including excessive speed, failing to remain for a breath test, and being drunk in a public place.

Fatal crash investigated A MAN has died after a crash on Frankston-Flinders Road. Police were told that a car was travelling through Tyabb when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, around 2.30pm 24 July. Emergency services attended but the man, believed to be in his 70s, died. Police are investigating the crash.

Cop caught AN off-duty police driver has been caught after allegedly drink driving in Frankston. A woman was pulled over at around 12.10am, 20 July for an alcohol and drug test. She is a leading senior constable from crime command. The woman allegedly tested positive to a preliminary breath test, and blew an alleged reading of .059 during an evidentiary test. She lost her licence, was disqualified from driving for three months, and issued with a $496 fine.

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