No arrests, no major incidents reported

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

SAPOL have reported officers were pleased with the behaviour of the people in attendance at the OTR SuperSprint event at The Bend Motorsport Park over the weekend.

Superintendent James Blandford, the Officer in Charge of the Murray Mallee LSA said police were very happy with the behaviour of the thousands of spectators in attendance with no arrests made and no major incidents reported.

“The spirit of the crowd was that of a country crowd - good hearted people having a great time together. This was the first time the event was held in this location and we will learn from the experience for future events,” he said.

Police were also pleased that out of 1535 static and mobile breath tests conducted over the weekend, only two people returned positive results. Tests were conducted in Tailem Bend as well as Coomandook, Sherlock, Murray Bridge and surrounding areas.

Of note, on Friday 24 August police stopped a car travelling through Murray Bridge. The driver, 59-year-old Murray Bridge man returned an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.059. He was reported for drink driving.

On Saturday 25 August, a patrol stopped a car travelling in Tailem Bend. Checks on the driver, a 40-year-old Brinkley man, revealed his was currently disqualified from driving. He was also breath tested and returned an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.032. He was reported for drink driving and driving disqualified.

Police conducted 257 drug tests, with 24 people returning positive readings. These drivers received directions not to drive for 24 hour periods and may face drug driving charges pending forensic analysis of the samples.

A total of 29 cars were issued defect notices for various deficiencies.