Daily Archives: 25/06/2016

Truck stuck in the muck

A TRUCK driver has narrowly avoided serious injuries after running off the side of the Hume Highway.

The white Xtra Transport Services B-double had been travelling southbound on Thursday night.

The vehicle left the right side of the road about 10pm and collided with several trees before coming to a stop in the median strip.

The incident occurred several kilometres south of Holbrook and the 55-year-old driver was taken to Albury hospital.

The man had non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred in wet conditions and the truck became bogged down to its axles in dirt and mud.

Heavy haulage equipment was brought in for a lengthy removal process which required the southbound lanes of the road to be closed to traffic for a short period of time.

The towing job was made more difficult by the wet weather.

The driver from the Sydney-based company had narrowly avoided several large trees but the truck cabin was damaged by smaller trees and bushes.

Police attended the scene and helped with traffic control as the area was cleared.

The crash was one of several incidents emergency services have responded to in recent days as extensive rain and strong winds caused problems.

Man charged with escaping lawful custody – southern NSW

A man, charged with escaping a southern NSW correctional centre yesterday, called emergency services as he believed he was suffering from hypothermia.

It will be alleged an inmate escaped the centre at Tumbarumba some time between 3.15pm and 5pm yesterday (Friday 24 June 2016).

Police were contacted and a search for the missing inmate began.

About 9.50pm, police responded to a Trri[ple Zero call made from a phone booth at Jingellic.

A 30-year-old man was arrested without incident.

He was charged with escaping lawful custody and refused bail. The 30-year-old man will be appearing in Albury Local Court today. .

Police charge man with high-range drink driving and assault police – Port Stephens

Police have charged a man after he was allegedly caught drink-driving twice in the same night, and assaulting police on the state’s north coast.

About 6.30pm (Thursday 23 June 2016), officers from Port Stephens Local Area Command stopped a vehicle being driven by a 40-year-old man, in Anna Bay.

The man was subjected to a roadside breath test providing a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Nelson Bay Police Station where he submitted to a breath analysis giving a reading of 0.148.

He was issued with a summons to appear in court and was driven back to his home address in Anna Bay under instructions not to drive.

About 10pm (Thursday 23 June 2016) police will allege the man ordered a taxi to take him back to his vehicle.

Police will allege that he failed to pay the taxi driver, and got into his vehicle and started driving.

Police pulled the vehicle over for a second time, with the 40-year-old allegedly driving, this time on Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay.

He allegedly provided a positive roadside breath test, and a reading of 0.206 when submitted to a breath analysis.

He was charged with high-range drink driving and informed that his licence was suspended and his car keys were confiscated.

Officers will allege that the man became aggressive and assaulted one of the officers.

He was charged with high-range PCA, drive while licence suspended, assault and resist police, and hirer not pay authorised fare on termination of hiring.

He will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 18 July 2016.

Man charged after hydroponic setup dismantled – Mayfield

A man has been charged after police located and dismantled an alleged hydroponics setup inside a home at Mayfield yesterday.

About 1.45pm (Thursday 23 June 2016), officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a home on Carrington Street.

A 66-year-old resident was stopped leaving the house. Police searched the man and his vehicle and allegedly located cash and cannabis inside his car.

On searching the home, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis, and a hydroponic setup in three bedrooms.

Engineers were contacted to disable the building’s electricity supply when it was discovered the electricity distribution board had been allegedly tampered with.

The drugs and other items were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

A 66-year-old man was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with:

– Cultivate prohibited plant (commercial quantity);

– Supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity);

– Possess prohibited drug;

– Person found on drug premises;

– Goods in custody (deal with suspected proceeds of crime); and

– Alter or add to electricity installation.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 24 June 2016).