Bad instruction in Ballarat

Police from the State Highway Patrol have had a busy weekend patrolling the Ballarat area as part of Operation Amadeus.

A driving instructor will be without his wheels after his car was impounded in Sebastopol yesterday morning.

His car was detected travelling at 128 km/h in the 60 zone on Grant Street about 9.30am on 13 October.

His car was immediately impounded at a cost of $1425.

The 56-year-old is expected to be charged on summons with driving at a dangerous speed and exceeding the speed limit.

Later in the day highway patrol officers detected a white Holden commodore, displaying allegedly false plates, travelling at 145km/h in a 60 zone on Colac-Ballarat Road, Napoleons, just after midday.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle however the Holden failed to stop and the intercept was discontinued.

A short time later police attended a Mount Clear address and located the commodore parked in the driveway.

Enquiries at the address did not locate the driver however a 21-year-old woman was arrested on outstanding warrants after providing police with a false name.

A 22-year-old Mount Clear man was later arrested by police, interviewed, and charged with numerous offences including conduct endangering persons, failing to stop for police and driving whilst suspended.

His vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1425 and the man was bailed to appear at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on 11 November.

These intercepts form part of Operation Amadeus, aimed at addressing the causal factors of fatal and serious injury collisions within rural Victoria, with a primary focus on speed enforcement and drug and alcohol impaired drivers.

In the first three days of the operation police detected 398 offences and impounded 19 vehicles in the Ballarat area.

The four-day operation concludes today at 4pm.

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