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Drug drivers busted

DRUG TESTING: Chinchilla police are disappointed after intercepting 10 drug drivers over the long weekend.
DRUG TESTING: Chinchilla police are disappointed after intercepting 10 drug drivers over the long weekend. Valerie Horton

POLICE say they are disappointed after snaring 10drug drivers and issuing a number of infringement notices in a major operation conducted during the Chinchilla Show long weekend.

Between Thursday and Sunday, 10 drivers were charged with drug driving and one was charged with drink driving as a result of Operation Long Beard, in which motorists were intercepted for random drug and alcohol testing.

Chinchilla Police Station officer-in-charge Acting Sergeant Michael Collett said more than "a couple of hundred” random breath tests were performed and while police were still waiting to confirm the results of laboratory tests, the drugs detected appeared to be a mix of cannabis and methamphetamine.

He said while the operation was a success in relation to the high number of infringements issued, it was disappointing to see "so many people charged in such a short amount of time”.

Three men from Tara, three Chinchilla men and two women were charged with drug-driving offences, while a 51-year-old man from Miles was intercepted twice and charged with two drug-driving offences in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, a man from Chinchilla returned a mid-range blood alcohol level of .075 and a 41-year-old Chinchilla female was intercepted on Price St and charged with drink driving.

Other infringements issued during the long weekend related to public nuisance and Liquor Act offences.


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