2 July 2024

Truck driver in Griffith allegedly tests positive to meth in second alleged driving offence in same week

| Oliver Jacques
Police car

The man was stopped twice in the same week. Photo: Supplied.

A truck driver has allegedly tested positive for methylamphetamine just days after Griffith Police charged him with driving with a disqualified licence.

Inspector Glenn Smith informed Region the first alleged offence occurred at 11 am on Tuesday 25 June.

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Officers from Griffith Highway Patrol stopped the driver of a prime mover on Kidman Way at Hillston for roadside testing and a heavy vehicle compliance check.

Checks showed the 27-year-old man was allegedly driving on a disqualified licence. The man was arrested and issued a court attendance notice for the alleged offence of driving whilst disqualified. He was scheduled to appear before Griffith Local Court on 11 September.

Second alleged offence

Just before 8 am on Monday (1 July), officers from Griffith Highway Patrol stopped the driver of a Kenworth prime mover on Whybrow Street at Griffith – again for the purpose of roadside testing and a heavy vehicle compliance check.

The driver allegedly returned a negative roadside test for alcohol and was subjected to an oral fluid test, which allegedly returned a positive result for methylamphetamine.

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The man was arrested and taken to Griffith Police Station where he was subjected to a secondary oral fluid test.

Checks by police revealed the man’s arrest by police only days prior.

The 27-year-old man was charged with driving whilst disqualified, possessing a prohibited drug and possessing equipment for administering prohibited drugs.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Griffith Local Court on Monday (1 July).

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