Capsicum spray used to subdue driver

A DRINK driver who was apprehended twice within half an hour in the early hours of Sunday in Stanthorpe had to be capsicum sprayed by police the second time around.

Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said shortly after midnight police intercepted a Holden Sedan in Corundum St and later charged the driver, a 28-year-old man, with drink driving.

Snr Sgt Ireland said the man recorded a breath alcohol concentration of .104 per cent and was further charged with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and was issued with a 24 hour licence suspension.

"Approximately half an hour later police again intercepted the same offender driving the vehicle in the company of a number of other persons in Harris St where the offender became aggressive and resisted arrest,"; he said.

"He was subsequently subdued when police deployed capsicum spray and was charged with a further count of drink driving, this time recording .098 per cent, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, resisting arrest and driving whilst under suspension.

"A search of the offender's vehicle on this occasion located a shotgun and the offender was further charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.";

In other crime news from Stanthorpe, two offences of willful damage to property occurred over the past week.

Snr Sgt Ireland said last Friday night at around midnight unknown persons threw a rock smashing the window of a house in Marstella St.

He said a wall in Rogers St was also damaged when persons threw a tin of paint over it.



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