Alleged drug driver reached speeds of over 100 km/h near school zone

Dominic Giannini 20 May 2020
Police car in traffic

A 32-year-old driver will face court on a spate of driving offences after allegedly being clocked at 100 km/h near a school zone. Photo: File

A 32-year-old Evatt man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (20 May) on a range of driving charges including failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, drug driving and attempting to escape from custody.

At around 3.30 pm yesterday an ACT Policing motorcyclist indicated to the male driver of a Subaru Liberty that he should slow down as he approached the school zone in Baddeley Crescent, Spence.

Instead, the driver allegedly accelerated away onto Kingsford Smith Drive, Alpen Street and then Alfred Hill Crescent.

According to police, the driver reached speeds in excess of 100 km/h in a 60 zone.

Later that afternoon, police located the vehicle and the alleged driver in Evatt. After his arrest, police say the man tried to flee on foot but was apprehended as he attempted to jump a fence.

The incident is the latest in a spate of high-range speeding offences that have resulted in ACT Policing putting Canberra drivers on notice as road behaviour continues to worsen.

Crash on the Monaro Highway on Saturday night

This Honda was involved in a collision on the Monaro Highway on Sunday night (17 May). Photo: Supplied

Two vehicles were detected travelling at speeds in excess of 150 km/h on Parkes Way last Thursday (14 May). One of the drivers stopped by police failed a drug test.

On Friday (15 May), a vehicle was detected doing 140 km/h in an 80 zone in Fyshwick. The driver failed a breath test and was found to be driving while his licence was suspended.

A provisional driver was also detected at 132 km/h in an 80 zone, while another driver was issued with an infringement for running a red light while a marked police vehicle was stationary at the intersection.


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