Man accused of drink driving, assault in road rage incident

POLICE have warned drink drivers they will be found anywhere, anytime after four men were caught driving over the limit in Hervey Bay on the weekend.

A 29-year-old alleged drink driver has also been charged with common assault, two counts of public nuisance and an offence under the liquor act after he was caught driving at almost five times the legal limit during a road rage incident near Pialba Place shopping centre.

Sergeant Paul Byrne said the police were called to the centre at about 11am on Saturday after reports of an incident between two cars.

He said the 29 year old returned a blood alcohol reading of .243.

It is alleged the 29 year old went to the window of another car, pulled on the driver's seatbelt and gestured at the driver.

The man was also charged with unlicensed driving.

His passenger, a 27-year-old male, was also charged with public nuisance and an offence under the liquor act.

Three other men were caught during random breath tests across Hervey Bay.

At about 6:45am on Saturday, a 40-year-old man gave a BAC reading of .114 when he was pulled over on Boat Harbour Dr in Pialba.

At 6:50pm on Saturday, a 53-year-old who was stopped by police on Ibis Blvd gave a reading of .067.

Less than two hours later, a 49-year-old man was pulled over on Denmans Camp Rd where he gave a BAC reading of .125.

Sgt Byrne said there was no excuse for drink drivers.

"People just don't learn," he said.

"It is one of the fatal five. Police do not have any sympathy for people caught drink-driving.

"There are plenty of alternatives."



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