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Driver pleads guilty over Hatherleigh crash

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The driver of a vehicle involved in the fatal accident at Hatherleigh in December last year has pleaded guilty to  four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious harm by dangerous driving.

Alexander Wooldridge, of Mt Shank, appeared in the Mt Gambier Magistrates Court today(Tuesday) and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Four members of the same family died in the accident. Joshua Doyle 22, his sister Jessica Doyle, 16, their mother Michell Doyle 45 and her mother Bev Khan 68. A passenger in the car survived the accident.

The accident involved three vehicles;  the four wheel drive they were in was hit, after a utility and a truck was involved in a collision at the Hatherleigh intersection.

Police kept busy over holidays

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Police were kept busy over the Christmas and New Year holidays and urge caution to drivers as the holidays continue. Keep vehicles locked, valuables safe and be diligent on the roads.

The South East has experienced a terrible few weeks with three fatal accidents at Hatherleigh, Rendelsham, and Clay Wells resulting in six deaths causing unbelievable grief for all families concerned.

Police and Emergency Services including the CFS, SES, Ambulance personnel, hospital staff  and doctors are all affected by these recent events and we commend them all for their on-going commitment in taking care of our community when we are at our most vulnerable.

Deepest sympathies from all at 5THE FM/wattlerangenow go out to everyone affected by these recent tragedies.


Police reports over the past week include:-

Drink driver caught in a stolen car
02 Jan 2015

Police have arrested a 28-year-old Victorian man after he was caught drink driving in a stolen car last night.
About 6.30pm, the man was stopped on the Glenelg Highway, Glenburnie in a car that had been stolen from Mount Gambier earlier in the day. He submitted to a breath test and returned an alleged reading of 0.154, the man’s licence had also expired.
The man was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle, drink driving and drive unlicensed. He was refused bail and will appear in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court later today.

Man returns positive alcohol test in Kingston
28 Dec 2014
A man has had his licence disqualified and will be summonsed to court after returning a positive alcohol result in Kingston.
At 3am this morning, Police stopped a man on the Southern Ports Highway and the driver underwent alcohol testing.
Police will allege he returned a blood alcohol level of 0.082. The 34-year-old man from Kingston was reported for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and his licence was disqualified for six months. His vehicle was also impounded for 28 days.
He will be summonsed to appear in the Millicent Magistrates Court at a later date.

Man ejected from ute
28 Dec 2014 9:06am
A man was airlifted to hospital after falling out of the back of a ute at Beachport last night.
At about 9.45pm on Saturday 27 December, Beachport and Millicent Police and ambulance crews responded to a report of a crash at Five Mile Beach, Beachport.
A 35-year-old Para Hills man sustained serious injuries when ejected from the back of a ute. He was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His condition is not considered life-threatening.
Major Crash investigators are aware of this incident. Police have spoken with the driver of the ute and investigations into the crash are continuing.
Limestone Coast Police urge all motorists to drive and behave responsibly on our roads this festive season. Don’t drink and drive, obey all road rules and always, always wear a seatbelt.


Outlet music festival at Beachport
27 Dec 2014

Limestone Coast Police attended the Outlet music festival held on Boxing Day in the seaside town Beachport in the State’s south east.
Police from Beachport, Millicent, Penola and Kingston attended the event, held during the afternoon and evening of 26 December.
Three people were arrested, including a 22-year-old Northgate man for reentering licensed premises after being removed, a 25-year-old Coromandel Valley man for assault and a 21-year-old Millicent man for disorderly behaviour. All three were bailed to attend court at a later date.
Eight people were issued with expiation notices for consumption or possession of liquor in a dry zone and three people for urinating in a public place.
Five people were evicted from the event.

Driver charged over Hatherleigh fatal crash

02 Dec 2014 5:16pm
Major Crime Investigators have arrested a man following the fatal crash in the State’s South-East yesterday that claimed the lives of four people.
A short time ago a 64-year-old man from the South-East, was arrested and charged with four counts of cause of death by dangerous driving and one count of cause harm by dangerous driving.
Bail has not yet been decided.

Source: SAPOL