Cops catch P-plater driving 140km/h

A MURWILLUMBAH P-plater was caught driving at almost three times the speed limit through Tweed Heads in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 19-year-old male, behind the wheel of a white Mercedes-Benz 180E, was clocked doing speeds in excess of 140km/h through a 50km/h zone on Kennedy Drive at about 1am.

Tweed/Byron police local area command inspector Jim Kain described the young driver as “straight out crazy”.

“It's not unusual for people to try and evade police,” Insp Kain said.

“We were lucky there was no one else on the road at that time of the morning.

“It's just straight out crazy, especially with a driver that young.”

Insp Kain said the driver evaded a Random Breath Test on Ducat Street before speeding off.

Police gave pursuit and the teenager was eventually pulled over on Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, near the state border.

The youth's blood alcohol concentration was 0.035. Under New South Wales law, provisional drivers are not allowed any alcohol in their system when driving.

Insp Kain said the driver was charged with several offences, including speeding in excess of 45km/h and special range-prescribed concentrated alcohol under the influence.

The 19-year-old will face Tweed Heads Local Court on September 28.



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