Lake Macquarie police have stopped an allegedly stolen car containing illegal drugs during the Christmas-New Year operation targeting bad behaviour on the state’s roads.
Police stopped the Ford Falcon on the Pacific Highway at Holmesville about 5pm on Christmas day.
Officers found the driver’s licence had previously been disqualified and they allegedly discovered cannabis in the boot of the car – police believe the vehicle had been stolen.
The man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and driving while disqualified. Police are continuing to investigate the allegedly stolen vehicle.
Double demerit penalties continue across the state until 11.59pm on January 1.
The NSW holiday road toll sits at three, though no deaths have occurred on Hunter roads.
One eastbound lane of the New England Highway was closed at Tarro for about two hours on Wednesday morning after a crash between a car and a motorbike.
So far during Operation Safe Arrival, police have issued 4763 infringement notices for speeding, 7515 for other driving offences and charged 251 people with drink-driving across NSW.
“I can’t emphasise enough the importance of ensuring drivers take regular breaks,” NSW Highway Patrol commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.
“We also want to remind drivers that officers can detect a variety of criminal offences from an initial traffic stop so don’t think you are above the law by driving around with illegal weapons or drugs.”
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