26 September 2023

Man allegedly caught driving without interlock device to face court

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A man has been issued with a notice to appear in Griffith Local Court in November after allegedly driving while suspended. Photo: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force.

A 44-year-old man has had his driver’s licence suspended following a police roadside check near Darlington Point.

Police said officers from Griffith Highway Patrol were driving along the Sturt Highway near Darlington Point when they stopped an orange Ford Ranger utility for roadside testing and licence checks shortly before 2 pm on 20 September.

The man showed the officers his NSW driver’s licence, which had an interlock condition.

Asked whether he had an interlock device fitted to the vehicle, the man told the police that it was in his “other car” and he was “going to get one on this car”.

After an inspection, police saw no interlock device was fitted to the car.

The officers also checked the driver’s licence and found that it was endorsed as suspended because he had not had his interlock device serviced within the prescribed period. He had been suspended since 20 July.

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Asked about the status of his licence, he told the officers: “It should be current.”

The officers questioned him further, asking why he did not have an interlock.

The man responded: “It’s in my other car, which is broken down, and that’s why it hasn’t been serviced. That’s why I’m suspended.”

Police said the Cudal man, who was driving to a property near Hay for work, was later issued with a court notice for driving while suspended.

It will be the man’s fourth court attendance notice in the past three months.

He is to appear before Griffith Local Court in November.

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