CATCH Program Nabs Another

CATCH Program Nabs Another

By Erin Archer


The CATCH (Crime and Traffic Connecting on Highways) program proved its worth once again on Monday, after a man was charged with several drug offences during a vehicle stop in Lithgow.

On Sunday night a white Holden Commodore was pulled over, after it was detected travelling over the speed limit along Chifley Road in Lithgow.

There were two people in the car and while police spoke to the driver, the passenger, a 27 year old man tried to flee the scene however after a short on foot pursuit he was caught and arrested.

The driver of the vehicle also fled, but police were unable to catch him and an investigation is being undertaken to make sure he is located and caught.

Senior Constable Vanessa Bowlas from police media reported to 2MCE Local News about the situation.

The NSW Police CATCH program trains officers in the detection and inception of illicit drugs being transported on the states roads, and the Commander of the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said the objective of CATCH training, is to rid ‘ice’ and other drugs off the state’s roads.

“Those that use our highways to commit crime can expect to be intercepted, searched and arrested.” He said.

According to Assistant Commissioner Corboy, since the CATCH programs inception over $110 million worth of drugs, guns, cash, stolen goods, and other contraband has been taken off NSW roads.

This latest arrest has come only days after 180 ecstasy tablets were seized by police in Bathurst, after a driver was stopped for a random breath test in Alamein Walk, West of the city on Friday night.

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