A 42-YEAR-OLD man has been issued a $1652 fine for breaching Stage 3 restrictions at Ararat's Green Hill Lake this week.
On Monday April 13 the man was intercepted by Ararat police at the popular camping spot - which has been closed to the public as part of the restrictions - where police administered a breath test.
The breath test revealed the driver to have a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.196, "almost four times the legal limit" Acting Sergeant Mitch Kohn said.
"At approx 8pm, a 42 year old male was intercepted by Ararat Police driving around Green Hill Lake, and returned a positive preliminary breath test after leaving a friends' barbecue in Ararat, in breach of current COVID-19 restrictions," he said.
In addition to the fine, the man's vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1115, his licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and he will be summonsed to court at a later date over the drink driving offence, "where his licence is expected to be further suspended."
"The majority of members of the community understand why the restrictions are in place," Acting Sergeant Kohn said.
"However, a small minority are blatantly disregarding the restrictions and are putting the rest of the community at risk."
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