Two more drivers caught drug driving – Darwin

Another two males have been arrested for drug driving after returning positive results to methamphetamine.

Yesterday around two o’clock in the afternoon, members from the Drug and Organised Crime Division Gangs Task Force (GTF) apprehended a 35-year-old male in Berrimah. After returning a positive indication to a drug saliva test, he was conveyed to the Darwin Watch House and underwent a secondary drug analysis which showed methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system.

Later the day around six thirty, GTF members apprehended a 56-year-old male driver, who is a full patch member of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, on Girraween Road. The male returned a positive indication to a drug saliva test. He too was conveyed to the Darwin Watch House, undergoing a drug analysis. The male also returned a positive result for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Both males were served with notices to appear for driving with a prohibited drug in their bodies and had their driver’s licenses immediately suspended.

Detective Sergeant Evan Kelly from the Gangs Task Force said the Gangs Task Force will continue to proactively target and investigate any and all offences committed by members of any outlaw motorcycle gang.

Assistant Commissioner of Regional Operations and Road Policing Narelle Beer said people need to be accountable for the trauma that Territory roads are seeing.

“After two people were killed yesterday in separate crashes, it is unbelievable that we still have drivers who are using drugs before they get behind the wheel.

“This is on top of two drivers in Katherine who were caught on Wednesday driving under the influence of methamphetamine.

“It’s disappointing that some people are continuing to make poor decisions that can impact the lives of so many others.

“A licence to drive is a privilege, not a right. If you have a licence, you also have a responsibility to obey the law so you are not a threat to other, innocent road users.”

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