14yo caught drink driving

Police conduct random breath tests.
Police conduct random breath tests.

DRINK-DRIVING hit a new low on the Fraser Coast in the early hours of Saturday morning when a 14-year-old driver blew 0.131 after he was intercepted by Maryborough police.

The teenager, who is not old enough to hold a learner’s permit, was arrested after he was stopped in the CBD on Kent Street, Maryborough’s main thoroughfare, about 3am.

Sergeant Bob Baumann said the boy was charged with a drink driving offence and with driving a motor vehicle unlicensed and would be appearing in Maryborough Children’s Court.

On a bleak night for drink-driving stats, a 38-year-old Dundowran Beach man allegedly drove about 130 metres up a footpath at Point Vernon before hitting a power pole on Murphy Street about 8.30pm

Hervey Bay police said the man blew 0.309 in a breath test, more than six times over the legal limit.

A police spokesman said a woman allegedly witnessed the man’s car mounting the kerb and driving up the footpath and she ran after him to make sure he was alright.

“He was the sole occupant of the vehicle,” the spokesman said.

“He walked away without a scratch but he was taken to hospital for observation.”

There were three other road traffic accidents yesterday. Alcohol was not a factor in any of them, police said.

A car was hit by a backpackers 4WD which failed to give way on the corner of Tavistock Street and Torquay Terrace in Scarness in front of the fire station about 9.30am.

Hervey Bay police said the eight occupants of the 4WD were unhurt while the 59-year-old driver of the car and her passenger were taken to hospital.

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the male passenger suffered a head injury but was conscious when taken to hospital.

Police said the driver of the 4WD was issued a ticket for failing to give way.

In Maryborough, a 4WD towing a caravan collided with a car on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay road near St Helens State School about 10am.

Maryborough police said one driver was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital and one driver would be breached for driving without due care and attention.

Police added that no-one was injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ann and Ferry streets in Maryborough about 10am on Saturday.

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