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The Commodores of Wanniassa

By johnboy 3 April 2011 32

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An 18-year-old man is in critical condition in The Canberra Hospital following a pursuit with police in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, April 3).

About 12.26am members from Tuggeranong Police Station were on mobile patrol when they have attempted to pull over a black Holden Commodore on Garratt Street in Wanniassa.

The driver of the Commodore failed to stop and a pursuit commenced along Wheeler Crescent, onto Fincham Crescent and Sternberg Crescent, with the driver reaching speeds of up to 120km/h. As the car turned back on to Wheeler Crescent the driver lost control and collided with a tree, impacting on the rear driver’s side passenger door.

Two men fled the car while two other males remained in the car, one with critical injuries. The driver was located a short time later and was arrested. He will be charged with a number of serious driving offences, including drink-driving.

One of the passengers is still missing and police are appealing for him to come forward.

A blue Holden Commodore sedan, possibly a VL, with P-plates was in the vicinity shortly before the pursuit commenced. Police would like to speak with the driver and passengers of this vehicle.

Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Neckup 5:50 pm 24 May 11

“The wheel pictured above is K-speed or Zenetti rim from Tempe Tyres, which suggests to me the car is yet another V6 Commodore with big wheels and chopped springs (aka a “Notdadz/Rushhour” special).”

So Tempe tyres in Sydney are the only people who sells rims…my mother has rims…does this make her a rushhour hoon?

Tooks 4:58 pm 05 Apr 11

“Are there laws in the ACT that prevent a P-plater driving anything more than a 6 cylinder vehicle?”

No.

PeterK 10:21 am 05 Apr 11

Are there laws in the ACT that prevent a P-plater driving anything more than a 6 cylinder vehicle? Last Saturday night I was passed on Hindmarsh Drive by a silver Holden Commodore SS (ACT registration ***-***) travelling at what I estimated to be around 170-180km/h in an 80km/h zone. There were 4 youths in the car and it was displaying red P-plates.

triffid 3:09 pm 04 Apr 11

Keijidosha said :

The wheel pictured above is K-speed or Zenetti rim from Tempe Tyres, which suggests to me the car is yet another V6 Commodore with big wheels and chopped springs (aka a “Notdadz/Rushhour” special).

Indeed. Let’s play, “watch just how much I can stuff up the dynamics of an already dynamically sketchy sh*t box”. I reckon cutting springs ought to be punishable by death (I suppose it sometimes is). More likely dropped to the bumps stops, too. Hello infinate spring rates and all the joy that follows when bumps are enountered at high speed and mid corner (aaannnnndd off we go). I’ll bet the driving positon was a sight to behold as well. Seat laid down and back to the point of trying to drive it from the back seat, all the controls at full stretch and barely able to see over the instrument binnacle (cap backwards optional).

EvanJames 12:54 pm 04 Apr 11

The small tree was set to contribute a hell of a lot more to the world than the rubbish who killed it, too. If someone destroys a tree in a tree preservation area, or on private land, they are up for thousands for the lost tree. A charge for killing a useful tree should be added to penalties levied for dangerous driving.

lobster 12:53 pm 04 Apr 11

BAN COMMODORES!
Can we just can something already?

blowers 11:31 am 04 Apr 11

Sad to see that a small tree who was only young and had a lot of years to look forward to has lost its life.

As for the low life who were out drink driving.. ppffttttt

EvanJames 10:33 am 04 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

That poor tree!

Yep, and not easily or quickly replaced. Gone forever.

Like others here, I’m seeing increased aggressive and dangerous driving on the roads. I see plenty of Queanbeyan and other NSW cop cars around Qbn and surrounds, but rarely see ACT police unless they are standing at intersections for some foreign VIP. The so-called police you see around the Parliamentary Triangle and the airport are those security guard people with AFP cars.

The latest trend seems to be people overtaking when there’s oncoming traffic, causing both lots of cars to take evasive action.

Keijidosha 10:01 am 04 Apr 11

puggy said :

damien haas said :

I dont think you could say a Commodore was a high powered vehicle. If he is a P plater, it will be a six cylinder.

Dunno… judging by those wheels, my guess it that it’s a HSV from the early to mid naughties.

The wheel pictured above is K-speed or Zenetti rim from Tempe Tyres, which suggests to me the car is yet another V6 Commodore with big wheels and chopped springs (aka a “Notdadz/Rushhour” special).

Gerry-Built 9:56 am 04 Apr 11

JessP said :

But when he did this chase on Need for Speed or whatever other PS3/XBOX game it was fine!!

And no one was hurt……

There were car chases, hoons and young people testing, and exceeding, their limits a long time before computer games. I don’t think anyone could find a legitimate link between the two. I’ve played plenty of such games – but have been able to leave that behaviour firmly in the lounge room… Just like I’ve watched plenty of violent movies (my friend’s made me do it – it was not my choice that violence was involved) – yet never once attacked, maimed or slaughtered, well, anyone…

I’d put money on that the driver in this case was already known to Police, despite his yoof; and more on the fact that it was for more than just hooning… This sort of disregard for authority is ingrained from birth in a small proportion of our community.

georgesgenitals 9:41 am 04 Apr 11

Commodores, even as 6 cylinder cars, and not what you would call underpowered. A ten year old base model 6 cyl will comfortably whoop many new cars in a straight line. The V8s are much more powerful again, the basic LS1 having about 300hp.

The problem is that holding the throttle down for several seconds results in high speeds, and commodores aren’t the greatest handling vehicle in tight cornering (in fact that aren’t that good at all). Lots of straight line speed without the handling to match makes these things pretty damn dangerous in the hands of a 17 year old wannabe.

JessP 9:08 am 04 Apr 11

But when he did this chase on Need for Speed or whatever other PS3/XBOX game it was fine!! And no one was hurt……

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