Operation Eureka nabs 11 in Ballarat

BALLARAT police hit the streets in full force at the weekend, as part of the first weekend of a month-long crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Back for a second year, Operation Eureka targeted public drunkenness, liquor licence breaches and general anti-social behaviour in Ballarat’s CBD.

Five people were arrested for public drunkenness over the course of the weekend, with a further six caught drink driving.

Ballarat Police Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Carey said although he was generally pleased with the behaviour of Ballarat’s party-goers, there was still concern surrounding the amount of people who chose to drive after they had been drinking.

“Six is a very disappointing number,” he said.

“We are going to be out in force all month but hopefully we don’t have the same sort of numbers we have seen in terms of people avoiding the prescribed blood alcohol limit.”

Also among those caught breaking the law throughout the blitz was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over as part of a routine car check on Saturday morning.

The passenger, who was later found to have 10 outstanding warrants, tried to flee on foot but was caught a short time later after a police foot chase.

Acting Senior Sergeant Carey said the incident showed police were not just on the hunt for anti-social behaviour. 

“We are going to be out and about. People are going to see us out and about and should be on notice,” he said.