Routine stop yields various charges

A routine stop of a car on the M1 at Mooney Mooney on October 2 yielded quite a result for police.

Just before 4:30pm officers from Brisbane Water Highway Patrol stopped a Holden Cruze and discovered the driver – a 26-year-old woman – and the two passengers – two men, aged 34 and 38 – were not from the same household and could not provide a reasonable excuse for being away from home.

The woman’s provisional licence had expired and she also returned a positive result to a roadside drug test.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police seized a baton, electronic stun device, flick knife, prohibited drugs and $30,450 in cash.

All three people were arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station, where the woman was charged with three counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and not complying with health directions.

She was also issued an infringement notice for driving with an expired licence and granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on October 28.

The older man was charged with not complying with a public health order.

He appeared before Newcastle Bail Court on October 3 and was granted bail to reappear at the same court on October 28.

The younger man was issued a $1000 PIN for not complying with public health orders.

Overall, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command praised the behaviour of road-users across the state over the long weekend.

Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Hegarty, said police were encouraged to see that the majority of motorists following the road rules over the long weekend.

“There were less cars on the road than previous years because of current stay-at-home orders, and the vast majority of those who were out, drove safely,” Hegarty said.

“With the rest of NSW preparing to re-open next week, police are urging all road users to continue to be patient, drive to the conditions and look out for others, to ensure everyone makes it safely to and from their destinations.”

Media release, Oct 5
NSW Police media