Road train driver facing multiple charges

David Salvaire, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
The road train stopped by police.
Camera IconThe road train stopped by police. Credit: WA Police

A Swan View man has been charged with multiple drug offences and dangerous driving after police allegedly witnessed a 70-tonne road train containing dangerous chemicals swerving erratically on the Brand Highway near Dongara today.

Police say they stopped the 44-year-old near Midlands Road about 11am before searching the vehicle, where they allegedly found a small bag of cannabis and a smoking implement.

The man then allegedly tested positive for cannabis after police carried out an on-the-spot drug swab.

The 36.5-metre road train contained a hazardous corrosive material which the man was delivering to Onslow.

Sergeant Sean Doyle from Mingenew Police said he was disappointed with the road train driver’s actions.

“The vehicle was swerving pretty heavily across the road,” he said.

“Obviously it’s extremely dangerous to be driving like this with these kinds of chemicals on board.”

The man was taken to Dongara Police Station for questioning.

He has been charged with possession of cannabis, possession of prohibited drug paraphernalia, use of cannabis and dangerous driving.

He will appear before Dongara Magistrate’s Court in February.

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