Police charge man with dangerous driving after driving at speeds of over 200km/hr on M1 at Gold Coast

Officers from the Road Policing Investigations Unit (RPIU) have charged a 48-year-old Currumbin Waters man with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after allegedly driving at more than 210km/h along a 26 kilometre stretch of the Pacific Motorway on December 30, 2020.

While conducting their daily review of high-speed camera detections, the officers observed a Holden Commodore utility had activated the fixed speed camera on the northbound lanes of the M1 at Gaven at 2.24am travelling at an alleged speed of 212km/h in the 110km/h zone.

The same vehicle was detected allegedly travelling at 186km/h just seven minutes later on the M1 at Yatala, meaning his average speed over the 26km distance was 213km/h.

Police attended an address at Currumbin Waters on December 31 where the vehicle was located.

The registered owner of the vehicle allegedly admitted driving at the time of the offences but showed no acknowledgement of the seriousness of his actions, or concern about the consequences if he had lost control at that speed.

Police seized the man’s ute for a mechanical inspection.

The man is due to appear in Coolangatta Magistrates Court on January 18, 2021 charged with dangerous driving.

Acting Chief Superintendent Dale Pointon, Road Policing and Regional Support Command said with speeding an acknowledged cause of fatal crashes on our roadways alleged blatant disregard for speed limits such as this are not only astounding but extremely dangerous.

“We have experienced officers attached to our Road Policing Investigations Unit who review the high speed camera detections, so if you drive at highly dangerous speeds you can expect us to come knocking on your door, with your vehicle impounded and possible appearance before the courts.”

“We will not accept such irresponsible and dangerous driving behaviours on our roads.”

Report dangerous driving or hooning online at https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/TrafficIncident or call the Hoon hotline at 13HOON (134 666). If the incident is happening now call Policelink on 131 444 or if immediate danger call Triple Zero.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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