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Towradgi man charged with high range drink driving after weekend operation

A TOWRADGI man has been charged with high-range drink-driving after being stopped during a traffic enforcement operation in the Illawarra over the weekend.

Between Friday and Saturday, officers from Illawarra Traffic and Highway Patrol – along with officers attached to Lake Illawarra and Wollongong Police Districts – conducted Operation Fume.

During the operation, a Subaru Liberty was pulled over just before 10pm on Saturday, on Smith Street, Wollongong. Police will allege the 23-year-old driver tested positive to a roadside breath test. He was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.172.

His license was immediately suspended, and he was issued a Court Attendance Notice for drive with high range PCA.

The Towradgi man will face Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday July 7 2021.

Operation Fume is a high-visibility road policing operation targeting criminal, alcohol and anti-social related behaviour and road related trauma.

Similar operations are expected to continue in the future.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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