Beaudesert police take action on traffic, liquor infringements

BE SAFE: Constable Damien Machoud says no one's night out should cause grief for others. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
BE SAFE: Constable Damien Machoud says no one's night out should cause grief for others. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT police took part in a day of action on Friday, targeting traffic offenders in the lead up to school holidays and also to educate local venues and patrons of their responsibilities relating to alcohol service and consumption.

Acting officer in charge Jon Kirkman said police conducted 440 random breath tests at Beaudesert.

One person, a 52-year-old woman from Laravale was found to be over the legal limit driving in Beaudesert at 11am on Friday. She will face court at a future date, where a blood alcohol reading of 0.211 will be alleged.

"We also handed out seven tickets for infringements including speeding, red lights, defective vehicle and unsecure load," Senior Sergeant Kirkman said.

A 41-year-old man from Brisbane was also fined for driving unregistered and uninsured after he rode a trail bike into the Beaudesert State High School car park.

Sergeant Kirkman said Friday night saw Beaudesert police officers visit the Logan and Albert Hotel accompanied by two representatives from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

"The officers issued warnings to licensees regarding breaches of the Liquor Act and a number of people were spoken to about intoxication and good order," he said.

"We will continue to work with hotels in town to make sure everyone is safe and acting responsibly."

The night time operation was led by field officer Constable Damien Machoud.

"We want people to have a good time when they're out," he said.

"But it needs to be safely and not at the expense of themselves or others."

Police have been called to the Brisbane Street hotel more than once in recent weeks to break up fights or deal with alcohol -related disturbances.

Police rescue

Beaudesert's senior police officer has praised the actions of acting officer in charge at Rathdowney Peter Koplick.

Senior Sergeant Jon Kirkman said police were called on Sunday afternoon after two hikers became lost on Mount Barney.

"Two women aged 38 and 39 from Ipswich and Beenleigh called about 2pm on Sunday afternoon," he said.

"These were experienced hikers who had food, water and power packs for their devices, so it goes to show this can happen to anyone."

Sergeant Kirkman said Senior Constable Koplick walked into bushland at 4pm, found the hikers by 6pm and delivered them to safety about 2am.

A QAS spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the scene at Lower Portals Road at 12.30am and assessed the trio when they emerged. None were in need of hospital treatment.