Party bus operator fined after trip from Penrith grabs attention of police

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A party-bus operator has been fined for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions last night.

Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command were contacted about 11.15pm, due to concerns about the way a bus was being driven along Wheat Road.

Police stopped the bus, which had been driven from Penrith to the city, and found 43 people were on board.

Officers spoke with the operator, a 25-year-old Colyton man, due to concerns about the number of people on the bus, as well as several underage people allegedly being intoxicated.

A drug dog was brought to the scene and a 17-year-old female was arrested after allegedly found with cocaine. She will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

The bus operator has been issued a $5000 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for failing to comply with a ministerial direction on Public Health Order.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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