Three cars seized, three people arrested in Easter dangerous driving blitz in Melbourne
Posted On April 19, 2022
Three dangerous drivers had their cars impounded in Melbourne over the weekend after they were caught driving at excessive speeds.
On Friday night, police say they spotted a white Holden VN Commodore travelling on the Tullamarine Freeway at an alleged speed of 144km/h in an 80km/h zone.
When police intercepted the vehicle, the 32-year-old man allegedly told police the car had also recently recorded a speed of up to 248km/h.
The vehicle was impounded and issued with a defect notice due to it being allegedly highly modified, and the man will be charged by summons for the speeding offence.
One hour later, police clocked a black car travelling in the wrong lane along Barry Road in Upfield, with headlights switched off at an estimated speed of 130km/h.
Air Wing responded and observed the vehicle allegedly travelling more than 140km/h in a 60km/h zone on Pascoe Vale Road, before police units on the ground intercepted the vehicle on Railway Parade.
A 23-year-old probationary driver was arrested and his 2002 Holden Monaro CV8 was impounded.
He was charged with reckless conduct endangering life and serious injury and was bailed to appear at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
About four hours later, officers observed a white Hyundai iLoad van travelling at a high speed on Edgars Road, Thomastown at about 1.30am.
The van continued on the Ring Road before allegedly turning off its headlights when sighting a Highway Patrol vehicle on the other side of the road.
The van allegedly reached 182km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Ring Road, before exiting at Dalton Road and travelling at high speeds in the wrong lane.
With no headlights on, the van continued to travel in the wrong traffic lane around the Lalor area, before finally driving on the correct side when it reached Edgars Road.
The van then allegedly travelled back onto the Ring Road, continuing north on the Hume Freeway at a speed of 155km/h.
With headlights back on, the van exited the freeway at O’Herns Road before getting back on the Hume Freeway on the wrong side of the road and continued north.
The van then allegedly exited to Craigieburn Road, before driving down a bike path and leaving the van near the Merri Creek overpass.
The driver fled on foot and was subsequently arrested by police in swamp land nearby.
The Hyundai iLoad van was impounded by police and the 33-year-old man was charged with conduct endangering life.
He was bailed to appear at court at a later date.