14 October 2022

Alleged high speed crash with power pole lands man in court

| Claire Fenwicke
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This ute crashed into a power pole after allegedly being driven at high speeds on the wrong side of the road. Photo: ACT Policing.

A 28-year-old man will front ACT Magistrates Court today (14 October) following a crash that allegedly involved high speeds on the wrong side of the road.

Police on patrol in Flynn said they saw a white Holden ute without registration plates parked with the engine running on Companion Crescent at about 11:05 pm last night (13 October).

When officers tried to speak with the ute’s driver, it’s alleged he drove away at speed, turning left onto Kingsford Smith Drive.

Police followed the vehicle onto Verbrugghen Street and Copland Drive, Melba, and then onto Fuhrman Street, Spence.

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It’s alleged the Holden was driven towards police as they successfully deployed road spikes.

The Holden then allegedly continued onto Owen Dixon Drive at high speed on the wrong side of the road, before the driver lost control and crashed into a power pole.

The driver was subsequently arrested at the scene.

The Franklin man was charged with furious driving, failing to stop for police, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving while disqualified and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

His arrest was part of Operation Toric, which has made more than 90 arrests and laid more than 200 charges since it began.

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Scott Anthony1:41 pm 14 Oct 22

Speed Camera Vans don’t do much to stop a stupid driver speeding on the wrong side of the road… as in this case, ONLY a real police officer in a police car can enforce all these other road laws and keep us safe…. Its time to end the speed revenue scam and put real police back onto our roads to actually deal with the road toll…

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