Toowoomba police charged 11 New Year's Eve drunks with drink driving after midnight.
Toowoomba police charged 11 New Year's Eve drunks with drink driving after midnight. Kevin Farmer

IDIOTS: Drunk drivers, public urinators and a cabbie basher

A BEVY of drunk drivers and antisocial boozers has tarnished what was, for the most part, a well-behaved welcome to the new year in Toowoomba.

Police charged 11 drunk drivers after the clock struck midnight, the highest blood-alcohol reading of 0.174 per cent coming in at Rockville about 5.50am yesterday.

A crackdown on New Year's revellers rolling the dice on their next-morning drive home saw more than 1000 random breath tests conducted.

Eight of the drunk drivers were nabbed behind the wheel between 5am and 6.30am.

"It has mostly been people driving home from parties," shift supervisor Sergeant Vern Holcombe said.

"Our crews are saturating the place and it's all hands on deck today."

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A man was charged for assaulting a taxi driver in Drayton about 10.30pm on New Year's Eve.

He was given bail and will face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on February 3.

The attack comes less than a week after a 19-year-old allegedly bashed a taxi driver who had taken him to a Perth St address last Friday.

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A 17-year-old was also charged last year for the New Year's Eve assault and robbery of a cabbie - again, in Drayton.

In what was one of the busiest nights of the year for taxi companies, police laid two charges for post-celebration punters who did "runners" when the time came to pay their fares.

Other offences ranged from the serious to the idiotic, often falling into both categories - 13 charges of public nuisance, nine of obstructing police and nine tickets for public urination.

Despite the figures, Sgt Holcombe congratulated the vast majority of residents for their sensible actions.

"There were huge crowds but they were generally very well behaved," he said.


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