Charges for Menangle truck driver over dangerous driving incident as police urge motorists to slow down

Police have identified and charged a truck driver following a public appeal into a dangerous driving incident in Sydney’s south west at the weekend.

The incident involving a utility and a small truck occurred southbound on the Hume Highway at Menangle, near the Partridge VC rest area about 6.45am on Saturday (9 May 2020).

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command commenced an investigation after vision was posted on social media showing a small truck allegedly failing to keep left and a utility attempting to overtake it.

Following a public appeal, the driver of the truck, a 47-year-old man attended the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command headquarters in Huntingwood about 4pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 May 2020).

The Ruse man will be issued a Court Attendance Notice for drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous and will be expected to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Inquiries are continuing to locate the driver of the utility in this incident.

Meanwhile, nine motorists were charged following separate speeding and reckless driving incidents across Sydney yesterday.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said there had been too many speeding and dangerous drivers getting behind the wheel overnight.

“It beggars belief that people are flagrantly flouting road rules and putting other road users at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“Even one car stopped for speeding is one too many and disappointing to see. Our officers will continue to conduct speed enforcement duties and patrol areas to ensure our roads are safe.”

The incidents include:

  • About 10pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 May 2020), a car was seen allegedly hitting traffic control bollards on Forest Way at Belrose. About 10 minutes later, the same car was seen driving north through the same worksite, allegedly without slowing down or following the contraflow guides. Police have been told a roadworks employee performing traffic control duties had to take evasive action to avoid being struck before the car hit the back of a stationary roadworks truck. The 22-year-old driver returned a positive roadside breath test and was arrested. He was taken to Frenchs Forest police Station where he returned a reading alleged to be 0.254. The man, from Terrey Hills, has been charged with high-range PCA, and negligent driving. His licence was suspended on the spot. He is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Wednesday 19 August 2020.
  • A P1 Provisional driver, who has a restricted speed limit of 90km/hr, has been charged after allegedly travelling 174km/hr on the Hume Highway at St Andrews just after 11pm yesterday. He was issued a Court Attendance Notice for Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, and P1 driver exceed speed more than 45 km/h. The Guildford man is due to appear before Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday 4 August 2020.
  • About 10.30pm yesterday, a BMW M3 sedan was allegedly detected travelling 150km/hr in a 110km/hr zone on the M1 at Waterfall. While in the process of getting the vehicle stop, it allegedly sped up to 180km/hr in an 80km/hr zone. The driver, a 19-year-old Haymarket man, was stopped near Heathcote and was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. His licence was suspended, and his car registration plates were confiscated for three months.
  • An Audi S3 sedan driver was issued an infringement notice for allegedly driving 121km/hr in a 60km/hr zone on Victoria Road at Rozelle about 9.45pm yesterday. The 34-year-old Winston Hills man also had his licence suspended.
  • Just before 6am today (Thursday 14 May 2020), police were conducting speed enforcement duties on Botany Road, Mascot, when they detected a Mercedes A45 AMG travelling 107km/h in a 50km/h zone past Mascot Police Station. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 34-year-old man, was spoken to. He was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/hr. His licence was also suspended for six months.
  • About 12.40am today, officers were conducting speed enforcement duties on General Holmes Drive in Mascot, when they detected a Lexus sedan and a BMW sedan both travelling 104km/hr in a 40km/hr zone. Both cars were stopped and the drivers, who both hold P2 Provisional drivers, were spoken to. The driver of the BMW, a 21-year-old Padstow man, and the driver of the Lexus, a 20-year-old Greenacre man, were both issued infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/hr. Both men had their licences suspended.
  • About 1.42am today, a Holden Commodore sedan was detected travelling north at 145km/hr in an 80km/hr zone on Alfords Point Road, Alfords Point. The driver, a 54-year-old Bankstown man, was issued an infringement notice and had his licence suspended.

Anyone with information about dangerous driving behaviours is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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