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NT road safety blitz snares police officer

The Northern Territory's Easter road safety blitz has snared one of its own, with an off-duty police officer charged with high-range drink driving.

The 46-year-old was subject to a roadside breath test on Friday set up as part of the Top End's five-day Operation Thalen targeting drink- and drug-driving, vehicle registration and road worthiness.

Police say he returned a high range reading of 0.158 or more than three times the legal limit.

The officer was charged with high range drink driving and his driver's licence was immediately disqualified.

He has been bailed to appear in Darwin Local Court on April 21 and directed to take leave.

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