GRIFFITH’S streets have again exploded into alcohol-fuelled violence with a fresh wave of arrests across the city at the weekend.
Just weeks after local emergency heads expressed shock at the level of drunken savagery in the CBD after dark, police were forced to endure another two nights of mayhem on Friday and Saturday.
Among the most disturbing incidents:
* Three males were arrested during an out-of-control house party in Parkinson Crescent on Saturday night.
Police claim the accused – aged 17, 19 and 21 – physically confronted officers after the party was closed down due to a number of complaints from neighbours.
The 19-year-old was charged with hindering police and his two co-accused are expected to be charged this week.
* Two women were handed criminal infringement notices after a fight spilled out onto the streets near a local hotel yesterday morning. The women – aged 19 and 22 – clashed in front of shocked bystanders as they left the hotel about 2.20am. Both received notices for offensive conduct.
* A Griffith man ran from police on Friday night after he failed a roadside random breath test. The man, who
was also a disqualified driver, was pulled over on Noorla Street about 11.15pm and was placed under arrest after blowing over the limit. However, while officers were distracted, the man ran from the scene and was unable to be located for the rest of the night. He turned himself into police on Saturday morning and was charged with escaping police custody, driving while disqualified and drink-driving.
Inspector Tony Reneker from Griffith Police said officers were fed up with the level of drunken and antisocial behaviour in the city and would continue to target offenders.
“We will continue to utilise all of our available powers to ensure that those people who are out enjoying themselves and behaving responsibly can feel safe,” Inspector Reneker said.
“Anybody who engages in antisocial behaviour can be expected to be dealt with by police.”