Mount Evelyn man caught driving more than two times the legal limit


A Mount Evelyn man lost his licence for the best part of a year after he was allegedly caught driving more than two times the legal alcohol limit on 20 April.

Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol officers were conducting roadside breath tests on Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, when they intercepted a green Land Rover Discovery about 9.55am.

The 56-year-old driver tested positive to a preliminary breath test and was taken back to the police station for an evidentiary breath test, where he returned an alleged reading of 0.117 per cent.

The man lost his licence for 11 months, and his vehicle was impounded at a cost of $1017.10.

He is expected to be charged on summons with drink-driving offences.

The impound was part of Operation Nexus, a five-day high-visibility road policing operation over the Easter long weekend.

The state-wide operation focused on country road users, speed, impaired drivers, seatbelts, on and off-road motorcycles, fatigue due to long distance travel, and driver distraction through mobile technology and navigation devices.