Fire tanker hits tree
A RURAL Fire Service officer was injured when the tanker he was driving hit a tree at Walcha yesterday.
At about 2.45am, a NSW RFS crew was returning from a bushfire on Kangaroo Flat Rd at Yarrowitch with five Rural Fire Service officers on board.
Police were told that due to thick smoke haze in the area, the truck left the road and struck a tree.
The driver was taken to Walcha hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. No one else was injured.
Inquiries into the crash are continuing, but poor visibility is believed to be the cause.
TAMWORTH police and Oxley Highway Patrol were kept busy at the weekend with numerous drink-drivers caught behind the wheel.
On Friday a 31-year-old Armidale man was arrested after a vehicle stop on Gipps St, Tamworth, at 11.55pm and charged with drive with a mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol and driving while disqualified.
He was refused bail twice and will reappear in Tamworth Local Court today.
A 44-year-old Attunga woman, 29-year-old South Tamworth man, 27-year-old Tamworth man, 37-year-old man from Piallamore and 20-year-old man from Oxley Vale will all appear in Tamworth Local Court on October 21 after being charged with drink-driving between Friday night and yesterday.
A 44-year-old woman from Gunnedah was arrested on Lincoln St, Gunnedah, at 1.07am on Saturday, taken to Gunnedah Police Station and charged with drive with a low-range PCA.
She will appear in Gunnedah Local Court on November 11.
Sergeant Michael Moy from Tamworth police said these people had to realise it was an offence to drink alcohol, then drive.
“They are putting themselves and other members of the public in danger,” he said.
Sergeant Moy said police were seeing “a significant increase in the number of drink drivers detected” and they were continuing their high visibility policing to detect them.
“If these people take the risk, they will get caught and facing the court for follow-up action from there,” he said.