A MAN will face court in June after Newcastle police allegedly caught him drink-driving twice on Easter Sunday.
The 49-year-old was stopped on Maitland Road at Mayfield at 9.50pm on Sunday driving a Holden Colorado.
The Carrington man was randomly breath tested and returned a positive result. A later reading allegedly returned a result of 0.198.
The man was charged with high-range drink-driving. Subsequently, police allegedly saw the driver moving the Holden Colorado from the original breath-test stop about 10.50pm.
He was subjected to a second breath test and returned a positive reading. Breath analysis following that result allegedly returned a 0.198 result.
The 49-year-old was charged with another count of high-range drink driving and given strict bail to face Newcastle Local Court on June 6.
The incident occurred during Operation Tortoise, the statewide Easter police blitz that was due to end at midnight.
By lunchtime Monday police has issued 228 drink-driving charges and 5182 speeding infringements.
Traffic and Highway Patrol commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said driving after drinking to excess was inexcusable.
"So far officers have conducted more than 250,000 breath tests - 27,775 more than the same period last year," he said.
"With 228 people charged with drink driving offences, we are past the point of being disappointed, we are now angry that drivers are not listening to our warnings.
"Too many people are risking their own and other people's lives with their reckless and stupid decisions."