IT'S the type of alcohol impaired crash that warrants Coffs Clarence police stepping up their hard-line approach on drink driving.

A Sydney man transporting carpet north on the Pacific Hwy had allegedly been sinking VB stubbies prior to this dramatic accident on the Englands Rd, Stadium Dr roundabout last night.

The Ford Transit van rolled onto its side and slid across four lanes of traffic narrowly missing oncoming trucks around 11pm.

Shaken by the crash, the 23-year-old provisional driver was found at the crash scene by patrolling police.

As the vehicle was righted by tow truck crews beer bottles fell out of the van and smashed on the roadway.

The crash caused lengthy delays for southbound highway traffic with semi trailers and b-doubles forced to park and queue as the highway was cleared of debris.

Police said the man failed a breath test at the scene and was taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was breath analysed.

In court this morning it was alleged the p-plater returned a mid-range reading of 0.120 despite law stating provisional drivers must have zero blood alcohol levels.


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