Drink-driving charge after teen critically injured in crash - Orange

Sunday, 19 February 2023 09:51:30 AM

A man has been charged with drink-driving after a teenage boy was critically injured in a crash between a car and a motorcycle at Orange overnight.

Emergency services were called to Burrendong Way and Matthews Avenue, Orange, about 9.20pm (Saturday 18 February 2023), after reports a Holden Commodore and a motorcycle had collided.

Police found a 16-year-old boy – who is a learner rider – suffering multiple injuries including leg fractures; he was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being flown to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the car and sole occupant – a 53-year-old man – was not injured.

Officers attached to Central West Police District subjected the man to a roadside breath test which allegedly returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Orange Health Services for mandatory testing before being returned to Orange Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis which returned an alleged reading of 0.124.

He was charged with mid-range PCA and is due to appear in Orange Local Court on Thursday 6 April 2023. His licence has been confiscated.

Inquiries are continuing by officers attached to the Southern Crash Investigation Unit.