Off-duty police officer charged with high-range drink driving and firearm offences

By Sam Rigney
Updated January 18 2022 - 6:23am, first published 5:00am
Toronto courthouse.

AN OFF-DUTY police officer charged with high-range drink driving after his car was found parked in the middle of the road at Freemans Waterhole in November is alleged to have earlier in the night been handling a rifle while intoxicated, court documents state.



Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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