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Recalcitrant drivers plague Gundagai police

By Charlotte Harper - 11 July 2016 0

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Gundagai police had to contend firstly with a Learner driver leading them on a chase on the Hume Highway on Friday then on Saturday with a man who they caught twice driving an unregistered car while disqualified – he was later caught a third time at Goulburn and arrested.

About 6.35pm on Saturday, police from the Gundagai Highway Patrol were conducting speed checks along the Hume Highway at Mundarlo, 35km west of Gundagai.

They allegedly detected a silver Mitsubishi sedan travelling northbound at a speed of 168km/h in a 110km/h zone.

They stopped the car and issued the driver, a 21-year-old man from Victoria, with a Field Court Attendance Notice for exceed speed limit over 45km/h, drive whilst disqualified, and drive unregistered vehicle and to appear at Tumut Local Court on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

About 7.25pm, police allegedly sighted the same Mitsubishi sedan on Mount Street, Gundagai. They stopped the car and the man was issued with a second Field Court Attendance Notice for drive whilst disqualified, and drive unregistered vehicle and to appear at Tumut Local Court on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

About 9.30pm, police from the Hume Highway Patrol allegedly sighted the same Mitsubishi sedan travelling northbound on the Hume Highway, Goulburn at a speed of 132 km/h in a 110km/h zone.

The vehicle was stopped and the man arrested.

He was taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged with exceed speed limit over 10km/h, drive whilst disqualified, and drive unregistered vehicle.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Goulburn Local Court today.

The Learner driver was charged after allegedly leading police in a vehicle pursuit on Friday.

About 2.15pm that day, officers attached to the Gundagai Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped an Audi TT Coupe on the Hume Highway, south of Gundagai, in relation to its manner of driving.

After initially stopping, the driver allegedly accelerated away from police, who initiated a pursuit but terminated the chase for safety reasons.

A short time later, the vehicle was again detected travelling at high speeds on the Hume Highway, south of Holbrook.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, fled on foot once his vehicle became bogged after he allegedly attempted to evade police.

The 29-year-old man from Victoria was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station where it was determined he was the holder of a Learner licence.

He was charged with a number of traffic offences including dangerous driving (Police Pursuit – Skye’s Law), Learner driver not accompanied, not display “L” signs, dangerous driving and exceed speed over 45 kph.

He was refused bail on Saturday, and was due to re-appear in Albury Local Court today.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said it was fortunate a number of truck drivers were in the area at the time of the incident, who greatly assisted police.

“We would like to thank those drivers, who not only provided valuable information to officers on the location of the Audi, but who also assisted in the safety of their fellow road users,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

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