Police charged 12 residents from towns including Emerald, Moranbah, Dysart, Clermont and Blackwater with various offences, most being drink driving.
Police charged 12 residents from towns including Emerald, Moranbah, Dysart, Clermont and Blackwater with various offences, most being drink driving. Brenda Strong

Few revellers nabbed as 2013 ushered in

QUEENSLAND police issued 12 notices to appear to residents throughout the central Queensland region for various offences as revellers ushered in 2013.

A man a police spokesman described as "heavily intoxicated" was arrested after he became aggressive towards officers responding to a car crash along Clermont St at 7am yesterday.

Emerald police were called to the accident scene.

They located the male driver a short distance away from the vehicle.

He was taken to the station where he refused to provide a breath specimen, for which he was charged.

He was also charged with high-range drink driving.

New Year's Eve saw three Emerald men nabbed by increased police patrols targeting the Fatal Five.

At noon on Monday, a man was intercepted on the Gregory Hwy near the Emerald Airport.

He returned a 0.081% blood alcohol reading.

Later at 10.30pm, a man driving along Campbell St was pulled over and recorded a 0.079% reading.

A third man was just 15 minutes shy of the new year when he was intercepted on Anakie St with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.084%.

Blackwater acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Alan Baker said three drivers were charged with drink driving offences during the Christmas and new year period.

Moranbah police issued a notice to appear to one resident for driving while disqualified.

Another resident was issued a notice to appear for unlawful possession of a dangerous drug.

A Clermont driver will front court after returning a positive blood alcohol concentration reading, and a Dysart resident was issued a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and committing a public nuisance offence.


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