WANGARATTA police have expressed grave concern about a spike in drug-driver apprehensions since Sunday.
Eight drivers stopped by police in the past three days have tested positive to the standard oral test for illicit drugs.
One included a 24-year-old Wangaratta man who was arrested at a house in Appin Street on Sunday night after police were forced to abandon pursuit of him when the car he was alleged to be driving ran a red light at the corner of Greta Road and Riley Street.
Leading Senior Constable Gavin Frew told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday that Highway Patrol police had intercepted the driver at about 8.30pm on Greta Road.
Police allege the vehicle was unregistered.
Ldg Snr Const Frew said police spoke with the driver but he then “took off at speed”, heading north on Greta Road.
Police pursued the vehicle, which allegedly drove through the stop lights at what is one of the city’s busiest intersections.