Port Fairy donut driver flees ... but not beyond the long arm of the law

FOUR police officers took almost an hour to apprehend an allegedly drunk Port Fairy P-plater who had been doing donuts in his new Audi sedan at Russell Clark reserve early yesterday morning.

Senior Constable Craig Tobias said he was called to the reserve by neighbours after a prolonged exhibition of improper driving.

He said police understood the 21-year-old man had been drinking at the Caledonian Hotel in Bank Street before he decided to go for a drive.

Senior Constable Tobias said the man had bought the car earlier in the day.

 “At the end of William Street there is a dead end and he’s driven through a walking track barrier post on to Russell Clark reserve,” he said. “He then proceeded to do donuts in the reserve until fencing wire was caught up under the car and it became immobilised.” 

Senior Constable Tobias said the driver attempted to flee from the reserve on foot.

“It took three police units and four officers the best part of an hour to pursue and apprehend the man,” he said.

An evidentiary breath test yielded a reading of .174. 

The driver was expected to be charged on summons with careless driving, failing to report an accident and drink-driving.

“His licence has been immediately suspended for 12 months and he will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on a date to be fixed,” Senior Constable Tobias said.

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