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Man charged with high-range driving at Muswellbrook


A 42-year-old man, allegedly more than five times over the legal limit, was charged with high-range drink driving at Muswellbrook yesterday.

About 4.15pm on Tuesday, March 24, officers from Hunter Valley Police District noticed a Holden Commodore stopped in the middle of the road on the Pacific Way, Muswellbrook.

As police approached the vehicle, it allegedly drove off, before stopping on Tobruk Avenue.

The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive reading, before being arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

The man allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.274 and was charged with high range PCA and assault police.

Police will allege in court that the man claimed he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughed at the police officer when he was asked to submit to a breath test.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday, April 6.