A learner driver has been caught drink-driving and on the wrong side of the road in Melbourne’s CBD early on New Year’s Day, Victorian police have said.
The 20-year-old Werribee man, who was intercepted driving up Little Bourke Street about 3.45am, told officers he was the “least drunk” of the three people in the car.
The man blew positive in a preliminary breath test, and later returned an evidentiary breath test result of 0.187 per cent.
His licence was immediately suspended for 12 months.
Police said they expected to charge the driver on summons with drink driving, breaching interlock requirements and other driving offences.
Learner drivers in Victoria are required to have a blood-alcohol concentration of zero and have an experienced driver seated beside them at all times.
Another man, a 44-year-old from Heathcote, returned an evidentiary blood test of 0.292 per cent after police intercepted him at Heathcote in central Victoria.
The man’s licence was immediately suspended and his vehicle impounded for 30 days.
Police said yesterday more than 200 people were arrested during New Year celebrations in Victoria, mostly for drunkenness — up from 126 in 2015.
Victoria Police are targeting the main causes of road deaths and serious accidents in Operation Roadwide, which started on December 16 and runs until January 8.