A 21-year-old Reid man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, June 7) on six traffic charges and a breach of bail after he was apprehended by police driving in the inner Canberra area around noon yesterday.
Police activated warning lights and siren and attempted a traffic stop on the red Ford Laser in Donaldson Street, Braddon shortly after midday. The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit was engaged.
The driver was seen to exceed the speed limit in Elimatta Street and Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, and to ignore two stop signs. Speeds reached around 85km/h.
The driver halted the car in the carpark of an apartment complex in Allambee Street in Reid and ran off, but was apprehended by police a short time later.
The vehicle the alleged offender was driving was found to be unregistered, uninsured and to be affixed with stolen number plates. He was also found to be disqualified from driving until 2014.
He will be charged with offences relating to all these matters, including failing to stop for police and furious/reckless/dangerous driving. He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.
Two P-plate drivers will face fines of $1811 each, the loss of 6 demerit points and their licence disqualification after two high speed incidents last night (Sunday June 6).
About 8.30pm last night (Sunday June 6), police stopped a 19-year-old male NSW provisional licence holder on Barton Highway near Hall, driving at a speed of 167km/h in a 100km/h zone.
In a separate incident, a 20-year-old male ACT provisional licence holder was stopped by police on Gungahlin Drive about 9pm, driving at a speed of 142km/h in an 80km/h zone. The 20-year-old male had his girlfriend in the car who was allegedly urging him to show her “what his car could do”.
Police would remind all motorists about the upcoming Queens Birthday long weekend when double demerit points will apply. Double demerits will apply from midnight Thursday June 10 through to midnight Monday June 14.