IT WAS an ordeal that still haunts Peter Moseley - interrogated by police, locked in a caged police truck for nearly two hours and then drug tested.
His crime? Having Griffith on his driver's licence.
Three years on from that harrowing night in Sydney and the long-time local is poised to launch legal action against NSW Police.
"It's quite outrageous; here's a guy who was pulled over for a routine RBT, returned a negative result but because he came from Griffith was locked up while his car was turned upside-down and then forced to do a urine test in front of a female officer," Mr Moseley's solicitor Ian Marjasun said.
"Anyone from Griffith should be concerned about this. It's basically saying, anyone from Griffith can be detained for doing nothing wrong."
In August 2009, Mr Moseley was driving back to his motel in Rushcutter's Bay after having dinner with his girlfriend when he was flagged down by police.
After passing the RBT, he was told he was free to go but as he began to drive off, a second officer yelled at him to stop.
He alleges the female officer then said: "You're from Griffith; we're going to do a search of your car for drugs".
Mr Moseley initially refused, asking what grounds there were for the search and was placed under arrest for disobeying a police instruction.
He claims he was locked up in a caged police truck for more than 90 minutes while his car was stripped for drugs.
After the search proved fruitless, police drove him to St Vincent's Hospital where he was forced to give a urine sample in front of only a female officer.
The drug test was negative and Mr Moseley was again locked in the police truck and dropped back at his motel.
"The whole thing was absolutely humiliating and if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone," Mr Moseley said.
He said he would seek damages for wrongful arrest and slander.