Culcairn crash driver refused breath test: police

A young man has allegedly crashed a stolen car near Culcairn and then refused to be breath-tested by police.

The 21-year-old is accused of crashing the vehicle, which police believe to be stolen, and then refused a roadside breath test when officers attended.

According to police, when they arrived at the crash site on Coach Road around 2am and spoke to the driver of the wrecked vehicle, he refused to be breathalysed.

He was arrested and taken to Albury police station, where he was charged with stealing a car, driving while disqualified, refusing a roadside breath test, resisting arrest and two counts of negligent driving.

He was refused bail to appear at Albury Local Court on Tuesday.

This incident is just one in a string of cases of dangerous driving that has prompted NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, to urge drivers to be more sensible on the roads.

On day four of Operation Arrive Alive alone, a staggering 21 people were charged with drink-driving across the state.

“Police will continue to target drink drivers today with thousands of extra police out in force on the roads,” Acting Assistance Commissioner Smith said.

“Think about your actions on the roads and drive to the conditions, it’s not worth risking your life and the life of another person because of an irrational decision.

“Australia Day should be remembered as a day of celebration, not one of tragedy if drivers are doing the wrong thing.”