Almost four times over the limit: driver lands in court

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A 43 year old man has appeared in court to face charges of driving while almost four times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

He was also charged with assaulting a police officer.

As part of Operation Christmas-New Year 2023, officers attached to Liverpool Highway Patrol were called to a fast food restaurant in Edmonson Park where the driver of a utility who was allegedly intoxicated was using the drive through.

Police say they stopped a white utility on Rickard Road, Leppington and spoke with the driver.

He underwent a roadside breath test, which allegedly returned a positive result.

The man was also subject to a roadside drug test, which allegedly returned a positive reading.

The man resisted arrest before he was taken to Liverpool Police Station and underwent a secondary breath analysis which police allege returned a reading of 0.198, just under four times the legal limit.

Police allege in court that the man failed to comply with a secondary oral fluid test and threw a swab at an officer, striking their forearm.

The man was charged with driving with high range prescribed concentration of alcohol, refusing or failing to provide oral fluid sample, assaulting a police officer in execution of their duty and two counts of hindering or resisting a police officer.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on December 23).

  • The NSW Police Force’s Operation Christmas – New Year 2023 started at 12.01am on Friday, December 22 to target high-risk driver behaviour and ensure road safety during the end of year celebration season. The state wide traffic operation continues until 11.59pm on Monday, January 1, 2024.


In a separate incident, the driver of a car has died of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle crash at Prestons a week earlier.

The incident occurred on December 15, when emergency services were called to Jedda Road, Prestons, following reports a car had collided with a power pole.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the driver and sole occupant of the car – a 27-year-old man – at the scene, before he was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.

Officers attached to Liverpool City Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the incident.

About 11.40am on December 22, the man died in hospital.

Police will prepare a report regarding the man’s death for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to call Liverpool police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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