Murtoa police officers detect numerous driving offences during its automatic number plate recognition operation

WIMMERA police nabbed a number of drivers at the weekend during its automatic number plate recognition operation.

The operation was held over Saturday and Sunday in the Murtoa, Rupanyup and St Arnaud areas.

Police detected six speeding drivers and four unregistered vehicles during the operation.

Murtoa Sergeant Brendan Khan said the operation was well worth it.

“We do this quite a few times a year,” he said.

On Saturday, police checked 258 vehicles in the Rupanyup and Murtoa areas.

“As a result of that, police detected two unregistered vehicles, one licensed driver, one speeding driver and one driver that failed to display number plates,” he said.

“There was also a drink driver detected. A Stawell woman was travelling to work in Minyip and failed a breath test. She was taken to Wimmera Base Hospital for a blood test, which are awaiting results for.”

Sergeant Khan said police detected a speeding vehicle while travelling from Rupanyup to St Arnaud on Sunday.

“Police intercepted a 52-year-old South Australia man driving on the Wimmera Highway near St Arnaud travelling at 116km/h in a 100km/h zone,” he said.

“Police searched his vehicle and located a small amount of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, including syringes, and a small quantity of crystal methamphetamine.

“The man was arrested and taken to St Arnaud Police Station charged with possession and use of dependent drugs. He was bailed and will appear at St Arnaud Magistrates’ Court on October 11.”

He said police detected a further four speeding driver, two unregistered vehicles during the operation in St Arnaud.

“One of the drivers driving an unregistered vehicle evaded police for a short time before being intercepted in the St Arnaud township,” he said.

“The 51-year-old St Arnaud man will appear at St Arnaud Magistrates’ Court at a later date to face charges of evading police and driving a unregistered motor vehicle.”