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Isolated S80 incidents ‘disappointing’

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February 15, 2018

SIX people were arrested for alcohol-related offences, two police vehicles were vandalised and two cars were torched in Echuca during the Southern 80 weekend.

SIX people were arrested for alcohol-related offences, two police vehicles were vandalised and two cars were torched in Echuca during the Southern 80 weekend.

Campaspe police Inspector Geoff Owen said there was strong police presence in the town, targeting antisocial behaviour in the CBD and along the river and drunk and drug driving along our roads.

As a result, 2500 random breath tests were carried out, resulting in three drunk drivers caught.

‘‘It’s still disappointing we have three,’’ Insp. Owen said.

‘‘They were all lower-end readings.’’

They were all charged with drunk driving and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Three people were also arrested for being drunk in a public place.

Insp. Owen said two men were involved in a ‘‘lower-end assault’’ at a Hare St licensed premises on Friday night.

They will be charged on summons.

Another man will face summons for tampering with motor vehicle after letting down a tyre on a police vehicle along the river on Friday night.

Another police vehicle parked in the McDonald’s car park had its tyre slashed about 10.50pm on Saturday.

‘‘It’s disappointing behaviour from the public to disable a police vehicle,’’ Insp. Owen said.

‘‘If they were called to an emergency, they wouldn’t have been able to attend.’’

There were also two car fires in Echuca early Sunday.

A car was torched on Ogilvie Ave, while an old unregistered car driven to a campsite on Pianta Rd was set alight.

‘‘Observers saw some people revving the motor before setting it on fire,’’ Insp. Owen said.

‘‘The CFA attended on both incidents and put the fires out.’’

Despite these incidents, Insp. Owen said campers were generally well behaved.

‘‘It was better than last year, but the isolated incidents were disappointing,’’ he said.

Insp. Owen said police had met with its partner agencies to discuss the event and what improvements could be made next year.

‘‘Planning for next year’s event is not too far away,’’ he said.

■Police are still investigating the cause of a single-vehicle fatality on private property on Bail Rd in Torrumbarry on Saturday. A 20-year-old Frankston woman was killed after being thrown under a vehicle when it ran into a ditch about 4pm. The male driver is assisting police with inquiries.

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