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Hunter Valley Highway Patrol

Learner Driver Clocked At 184km/h In 80km/h Zone – Hunter Valley

Police have clocked a learner driver travelling more than 100km/h above the legal speed limit in wet conditions in the Hunter Valley.

Officers from the Hunter Valley Highway Patrol observed a beige Toyota Corolla sedan travelling at high speed north along the New England Highway near Singleton about 9.30pm yesterday (Friday 6 November).

Police activated their unmarked patrol vehicle’s warning devices in a bid to pull over the Toyota; however, the male driver failed to stop and Police initiated a pursuit.

The pursuit was terminated just south of Singleton after Police allegedly clocked the vehicle’s speed at 184km/h – that’s 104km/h above the maximum 80km/h legal speed limit for learner drivers.

A short time later, Police spotted the Toyota stopped in the grounds of the school.

They approached the vehicle and arrested the 26-year-old Chinese National, the holder of a learner’s permit and sole occupant of the vehicle.

He was breath-tested with negative result before being taken to Muswellbrook Police Station and charged with numerous offences, including:

  • Drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous.
  • Not stop vehicle when directed to do so.
  • Exceed speed limit by more than 45km/h.

The offender has been conditionally bailed and will appear in Muswellbrook Local Court on 7 December 2009.


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