Police are on the hunt for a hoon who put lives at risk by speeding at 100km/h more than the limit on one of the region’s most dangerous roads.
The driver, who has so far evaded police, was spotted driving at speeds of up to 160km/h in a 60km/h zone to avoid capture on two occasions this weekend, including on Shepparton’s notorious Watt Rd.
The driver in a red Holden VT with the false plates of NAP150 did not stop when a state Highway Patrol car attempted to stop it on Wyndham St on Friday night, instead choosing to speed off.
The same car was spotted again at 10.27am on Saturday driving east towards Shepparton on Watt Rd when it drove at speeds of 160km/h to evade police.
Shepparton Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Neil Johnson said what the driver did was incredibly dangerous to themselves, police and other road users and at those speeds on roads such as Watt Rd was just ridiculous.
‘‘We don’t know why they aren’t stopping, maybe they have existing traffic offences, it’s not clear to us, but if found again they will be facing some significant penalties,’’ Acting Sgt Johnson said.
‘‘At the very least it is an offence of speed dangerous and depending on the circumstances it could be considered reckless conduct endangering life.
‘‘Failing to stop for police when directed to do so incurs 60 penalty units and a maximum of six months’ imprisonment first offence; if it is a second offence it doubles to 120 penalty units and a maximum of 12 months’ imprisonment.’’
Shepparton Search and Rescue commander Gary Lovell has attended many crashes on Watt Rd and could not believe the speed the hoon was travelling at.
‘‘Because of the nature of the road and the number of turns and blind corners, you don’t want to be speeding on it,’’ Mr Lovell said.
‘‘(160) is an absolutely ridiculous speed to be doing, it can be dangerous on that road at 60.’’
State Highway Patrol crews have been in Shepparton for Operation Fahrenheit during the past three weekends targeting driving offences.
Police are asking for anyone who may have seen or witnessed the red Holden VT with plates of NAP150 to phone Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000 or report anonymously online via www.crimestoppersvic.com.au