An L-plater has been charged after he was allegedly caught driving with a suspended licence twice in little more than two hours in the Coalfields ahead of the long-weekend.
Police allege they also found cannabis and drug paraphernalia when they spoke to the man a second time.
Hunter Valley police district officers, patrolling the New England Highway at Aberdeen as part of the NSW Police Easter long-weekend road blitz, stopped the 26-year-old Tamworth man for a breath test just before 2am on Thursday.
Checks revealed the man's license - a learner's permit - was suspended.
Police told the 26-year-old not to drive any further.
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Just after 4am that morning, officers were called to the Hunter Expressway at Sawyers Gully after the same vehicle crashed into the wire road divider and a large metal sign.
The 26-year-old man and his passenger, a 21-year-old woman who owned the car, were found at the scene.
Police searched the car and also allegedly found a small amount of cannabis, drug implements and about $1600 cash.
Officers arrested the man and charged him with driving while suspended and having goods in custody.
He was refused bail at Cessnock local court on Thursday and will face Tamworth local court on May 8.
The woman is expected to be charged with drug possession and goods in custody.
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