Just ‘disgusting’ driving

Police continuing investigations into speed, fatal crash

A DRIVER who was “scared of the dark” had his car impounded after allegedly travelling at almost 200kph along the Hume Freeway at Wangaratta.

He was among three drivers caught travelling at alleged high speeds near Wangaratta during the Easter break with Acting Sergeant Patrick Murray of Wangaratta police labelling the behaviour as “disgusting”.

In the first of the three incidents, an international driver was allegedly clocked at 152kph along the Hume Freeway at 10.40pm on Saturday night.

Act Sgt Murray said the driver was believed to have been in a hire car but police were continuing to investigate the incident.

On Sunday, police allegedly caught a 32-year-old New South Wales driver driving at 181kph around 7pm in a Lexus.

He allegedly told police he was “running out of petrol” and was also “scared of the dark” by way of excusing his behaviour.

The driver’s car was impounded under hoon legislation at a cost of $1325 and he will face court at a later date.

Later that same night, police returned to the same spot on the Hume Freeway and allegedly detected a 20-year-old driver speeding at 192kph in a Mazda station wagon.

Act Sgt Murray said the driver was pulled over around 9.15pm and his vehicle was also impounded at a cost of $1325.

He will also face court at a later date.

Meanwhile, police will prepare a report for the coroner after a 69-year-old Mt Beauty man involved in a crash near Wangaratta last Wednesday night, died in hospital two days later.

Act Sgt Murray said the man was driving along the Snow Road around 5pm on April 12 when his vehicle left the road near the intersection with Glenrowan Road and hit a tree.

The man was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

He suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Wangaratta hospital where he died on Friday.


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