Cannabis and alcohol behind Maurice Road write-off

The driver who survived a crash earlier this month was more than three times over the legal limit.

The driver behind the wheel of a nasty prang on Maurice Road earlier this month has lost his license for 12 months and faces further charges in court.

The 37-year-old Murray Bridge man was lucky to survive a crash which left his Mitsubishi Magna completely destroyed on Sunday July 4.

While he walked away from the incident with minor injuries, he later returned a positive blood test reading for 0.162 and recorded cannabis in his system.

Police believe the driver had failed to negotiate a slight bend, hit the curb, then ran into a tree before spinning out.

The man will appear in court at a later date charged with drink driving, due care and breaching conditions of his provisional licence.

Arrest made for flurry of firearm and drug offences

A 37-year-old man - not the same man from the story above - has been arrested for a range of offences including illegal possession of a gel blaster.

Police pulled over a BMW sedan on Swanport Road around 8pm Tuesday night with checks revealing the car was currently defected and the driver had an active warrant.

The driver was found to be in possession an ice pipe and a small quantity of a substance suspected of being methamphetamine.

A further search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered an insecure gel blaster in the boot.

The man appeared in Murray Bridge Magistrates Court yesterday charged with driving contrary to defect, possession of drugs, possession of equipment for drug use, possession of a firearm without a licence and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Police would like to remind members of the public of their obligations ensuring they comply with the conditions of firearm registration in relation to gel blasters.

Firearm Amnesty

A timely reminder that the public may surrender any unauthorised or unwanted firearm, part or ammunition to a police station or participating licensed dealer.

Locally there are three licensed dealers that accept surrendered firearms in addition to police stations:

  • Bridge Hunting Supplies, Murray Bridge

  • Gregory Scott Pullar, Murray Bridge

  • Pretoria Firearms & Antiques, Tailem Bend

Being caught with an unregistered firearm outside amnesty conditions could result in a fine of up to $35,000, up to seven years in jail, and a criminal record.