Truck driver charged for drink driving after crash
A MAN has been charged with drink driving offences after a 10-tonne truck he was allegedly driving crashed through a fence at Elermore Vale, near Newcastle.
Police say the 33-year-old local man was driving a water tanker south along Jubilee Rd, when he allegedly mounted the footpath and hit a tree about 6.20pm on Wednesday.
The driver continued along the footpath in Sagittarius St until he stopped. It is further alleged he reversed the truck and hit a power pole.
Police say he again lost control in Croudace St, mounting the gutter, hitting the front fence of a house.
He then allegedly drove from the scene and was later sighted by police in Link Rd, Wallsend and was breath tested and allegedly produced a positive reading.
The man was then arrested and taken to Waratah Police Station where he returned an alleged reading of 0.316 breath alcohol concentration.
He was charged with high-range PCA and is due to appear in Toronto Local Court on December 19, 2012.
The man's licence was suspended.
Police said no one was injured during the incident, but they were concerned as there were a group of young children playing nearby the crash scene.