Louth Races, 2019 | Police called to assault, eight charged with drink driving | Photos, pictures

ON DUTY: Police officers were called to alleged assault at a hotel during annual Louth Races carnival. Photo: FILE
ON DUTY: Police officers were called to alleged assault at a hotel during annual Louth Races carnival. Photo: FILE

EIGHT people were caught drink driving and issued an infringement notice during the three-day Louth Races event.

An estimated 4000 people attended the annual event from August 9 to 11, which is held at Louth 99 kilometres south-west of Bourke.

An alleged assault at a hotel was among the incidents that police officers were called to during the three days.

"About 11.30pm Friday, August 9, police attended a hotel in Louth following reports of an assault," officers said in a statement.

"It is alleged a man, aged 21, was tackled by an unknown male and punched to the face.

"Police attended the location however the unknown male had left the scene. Investigations continue."

Police conducted 1366 random breath tests across the course of the weekend and issued multiple infringements for traffic and drink driving offences. The following offences were detected:

  • Mid-range PCA (x3)
  • Low range PCA (x4)
  • Novice range PCA (x1)
  • Unlicensed drivers (x5)
  • Unregistered/ uninsured motor vehicles (x4)
  • Exceed speed limit (x8)
  • Not wear seat belt (x6)
  • Miscellaneous traffic offences (x16).

Officers attached to Central North Police District, with the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, policed the event and have praised the overall behaviour of race-goers.

"While crowd numbers were slightly down on last year's event, the lower numbers of police interventions and traffic concerns is testament to the planning and cooperation of the travelling public," Central North Police District Commander, Detective Superintendent Greg Moore said.

"We look forward to building on these results ensuring the smooth running of future Louth Race meetings.

"I take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard-working organising committee, the police and other emergency services and all involved in contributing to the worthwhile outback community event."

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