A MOTORIST pulled over for talking on his mobile phone “really fired up” before being involved in a scuffle with Highway Patrol police in Frankston, Wednesday morning.
Senior Constable Darren Morgan, and Leading Senior Constable Darren Myers, of Frankston Highway Patrol, intercepted the Frankston man, 45, during a police operation in Playne St.
They allege the man was talking on his mobile phone while driving and called to him to get off it. “He then gave us the finger”, Senior Constable Darren Morgan said.
“We pulled him over and gave him a breath test and he returned a huge reading and it was only 11 o’clock in the morning.
“He was really arcing up and we were nose to nose on the road with cars having to drive around us, and then we took him to the station and gave him a full blood test and he recorded 0.207 per cent.”
When leaving the station, in Fletcher Rd, police allege the man used indecent language in the foyer. This has added to his list of pending charges.
Senior Constable Morgan said police were waiting for a tow truck when the man returned to the scene, picked up a metal Barry Plant real estate sign and threatened them. “He was going to smash the car open to get some things but we blocked his path,” he said.
“He was really fired up at this stage and there was a bit of a scuffle. I almost sprayed him; he was an angry drunk.”
The police disarmed the man and arrested him for being drunk in a public place.
Under new impound laws police have the power to retain vehicles – with this owner liable to fees for towing and storage of $1068.
He will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court early in the New Year charged with resisting arrest, being drunk in a public place, and using offensive language. His licence has been suspended indefinitely with the magistrate to determine the length of the ban. His car has been impounded for a month.