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Drunk driver caught speeding along wrong side of Sydney Road

A woman nabbed speeding along the wrong side of the road has blown four times the legal blood-alcohol limit in Melbourne’s inner north.

Police say the 42-year-old Glenroy driver flew past police officers - who were at the time speaking to another speeding driver they had just pulled over - on Sydney Road, Coburg, about 10pm on Sunday. She then crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

After calling other police members to follow the woman, she was soon stopped at the intersection of Sydney Road and Ballarat Road, where she returned a reading of 0.218.

Fawkner Highway Patrol Sergeant Dean Pickering said he was astounded at the woman’s actions.

“It astounds me that people drink such significant amounts of alcohol and think it is OK to drive,” he said.

“I'm not sure whether it's gross stupidity or complete selfishness.”


The woman’s licence has been suspended, and she is expected to be charged on summons with traffic-related offences.

Meanwhile, another man has been charged after allegedly driving on the wrong side of Hume Highway, north of Melbourne, on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old Seymour man was driving on the wrong side of the highway for about 14 kilometres between Wandong and Wallan before 2pm.

He has since been charged with traffic-related offences, and is expected to appear at Seymour Magistrates Court on May 15.

Police have also arrested a man after he crashed into several parked cars in Melbourne’s inner south-east.

The 35-year-old Lower Templestowe man smashed into three stationary vehicles in Griffiths Street, Richmond, about 6.30pm on Sunday.

When searching the man’s car, officers also found a stash of illicit drugs.

The man is expected to be charged on summons for possessing a drug of dependence (heroin), and other traffic-related offences.

Police ask anyone who witnessed any of the above events to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.