‘Happiness ends’: Double trouble in Wodonga ( admin posted on February 21st, 2019 )

12:45PM: A SECONDARY blood alcohol test proved a man’s claim to have only had one beer correct.
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But that was the extent of the good news for the Frankston man, 25.

He was pulled up by Wodonga police for doing a “fishtail” near Whitebox Rise shopping centre on Friday night.

A breath test found him to be over the limit before a second test a short time later came back with a zero reading.

“That’s where his happiness ended,” Sen-Constable Neil Hobbs said.

A licence check showed the man was a disqualified driver and had a prior conviction for driving while disqualified.

It earned him a $583 fine and his car — a blue Ford sedan — was impounded for 30 days.

He will appear in court at a later date to face charges for driving while disqualified, careless driving, improper use of a motor vehicle, emitting excessive noise and loss of traction.

The incident was followed by a crash involving a young woman in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The P-plater, 19, lost control of her white Holden sedan in Melrose Drive and crashed into the fence of a house just north of the Brockley Street roundabout.

Sen-Constable Hobbs said the woman was visibly shaken after the crash but escaped injury.

“Luckily no pedestrians were on that part of the footpath at the time,” he said.

“Witnesses stated speed was not a factor.

“Inexperience was partly the issue but the main factor was after recent hot water then a dump of rain, various oils within the road had come to the surface making driving quite slippery.

She was given a $211 fine for failing to have proper control of her car.

It was damaged badly and towed from the scene.

Sec-Constable Hobbs urged drivers to drive to the conditions and not the speed limit.

“Police are continuing to deliver the message that just because you’re driving at the legal speed limit, it doesn’t mean that speed is necessarily safe,” he said.

“This is a period of the year with a high volume of traffic on our roads and police don’t want to be delivering traumatic news to family and friends at all hours of the day and night.”

A P-plater, 19, lost control of her white Holden sedan in Melrose Drive and crashed into the fence of a house just north of the Brockley Street roundabout.

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