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The Commodores of Wanniassa

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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 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 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 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 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 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 lobster 12:53 pm 04 Apr 11

BAN COMMODORES!
Can we just can something already?

blowers 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 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 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 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 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 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……

puggy puggy 8:50 am 04 Apr 11

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. In that case, yes high powered. Anyway who says a P-plater, who is driving while drunk, and willing to evade the cops, will abide by any power restriction law?

screaming banshee screaming banshee 8:43 am 04 Apr 11

AcidRose said :

oh man…When? I saw When are these stupid testosterone fueled car chases gonna stop??? When we kill another innocent family with a innocent young baby? Did we learn NOTHING from last years tragic loss of the Oppealear Family? FFS???!!!!!

There, I fixed it for you

buzz819 buzz819 8:22 am 04 Apr 11

AcidRose said :

oh man…When? I saw When are these stupid testosterone fueled car chases gonna stop??? When we kill another innocent family with a young baby? Did we learn NOTHING from last years tragic loss of the Oppealear Family? FFS???!!!!!

They will stop when criminals stop running from Police.

If Police weren’t allowed to chase then criminals would undertake more risk, more regularly to get away with offences.

matjones matjones 7:50 am 04 Apr 11

miz said :

Nevertheless, it sounds as if it is the passenger who is in a critical condition in hospital. I know that I was a passenger in a few stupid car chases as a teenager – and it was not my choice that high speeds happened.

Yes, but you choose your friends, and if your friends are hoons, then you are somewhat responsible for your fate.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:32 am 04 Apr 11

If they Mully themselves with only the loss of a tree, I’m happy.

dvaey dvaey 2:58 am 04 Apr 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

The increased patrols started around 2006/7 or so I reckon. I used to go out ‘cruising’ all the time and we rarely ever saw patrol cars. Now I see one every day.

Out of interest, where do you see these cars ‘everyday’? I drove for my job for about 6 years, mostly early afternoon and late evenings, and from my experience, around that time the number of police on the roads dropped dramatically. I remember in the old days, you used to be able to guarantee seeing a police car parked on Adelaide Ave opposite the mint, or even see an RBT or speed trap setup on the parkway or Barry Dr almost every week. Maybe driving home between 10-11pm on friday and saturday night wasnt the best time to see them, but I honestly didnt know when was.

One interesting thing Ive found though, is some people seem to attract police attention, whether from where they are or who theyre with. A drug-using friend many years ago, seemed like everytime she went to Civic, there would be some police interaction.. Im sure that members of Rush Hour believe that there is quite an extensive police presence on our roads too.

I think the reason for this, is since the introduction of cameras and, well, no basically just since cameras, the number of police patrols on our roads has dropped dramatically. The fact that some certain groups and individuals (ie. rushhour, mullys, masseys, etc) seem to have interactions with police just shows that the boys in blue are still able to target some offenders even with the reduction in their numbers and diversion of funding allocated for road patrols, being diverted to camera ‘road safety’ campaigns instead.

AcidRose AcidRose 2:30 am 04 Apr 11

oh man…When? I saw When are these stupid testosterone fueled car chases gonna stop??? When we kill another innocent family with a young baby? Did we learn NOTHING from last years tragic loss of the Oppealear Family? FFS???!!!!!

damien haas damien haas 9:26 pm 03 Apr 11

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. He has a few people on board, so that adds weight. As the speed limit in the ACT is 100kmh, pretty much any vehicle on our roads today can exceed that fairly easily.

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