Not a fine gift
A teenager who was caught driving at extreme speeds along a rural road outside of Shepparton has received a nasty new year’s gift.
Police caught a Lilydale P-plater, 19, driving at 144km/h on the Labuan Rd stretch at Naring just after 9pm on January 1.
The speed was 44km/h above the 100km/h limit, and occurred on a road that was once notorious for high speed crashes.
Numurkah police Senior Constable Damien Duggan said the stretch of road often attracted fast drivers who used the road as a short-cut to Shepparton.
‘‘At that time of the night it was a ridiculous speed to be doing along that stretch of road,’’ Sen Const Duggan said.
‘‘It’s always been a hotspot for speed, so it is being patrolled heavily at the moment, and given we’re in the Christmas-new year period, there will be no tolerance for any people caught speeding.’’
The man incurred six demerit points, will lose his license for six months and be forced to pay a fine of $674.
Analleged crime spree came to an abrupt end on Monday, after Tatura police tracked down and arrested two youths believed to be involved.
Police believe the youths, both aged 16, unsettled the town across two nights in the new year period, stealing and damaging property at locations on Alexander Ave, Stonehaven Rd and Hogan St, Tatura.
It is alleged the youths initially stole two bicycles before ditching one of the bikes for a motorised bicycle.
About 5am Monday, it is believed one of the offenders kicked in a plate glass window at a business in Hogan St, causing about $2500 worth of damage.
Tatura police Leading Senior Constable Kevin Ingram said the boys were arrested Monday and would appear in a children’s court.
Sen Const Ingram said it was possible the offences were linked to three instances of theft from a motor vehicle in the general area.
‘‘People need to lock their vehicles and homes, particularly in smaller towns where they tend to leave them open and it becomes easy pickings for people wanting to steal from cars,’’ he said.
‘‘Lock your vehicles, lock your house and don’t leave anything around that someone could take.’’
Police say they were pleased with the behaviour of people at Mooroopna’s New Year’s Eve festival.
‘‘The public were very well behaved with no arrests made,’’ Mooroopna police Sergeant Michelle Mason said.
‘‘The majority of drivers were very patient in exiting the event at its conclusion in waiting for their turn to leave.’’
Police said they understood it could be frustrating when trying to leave a large event, but were pleased to see people showing community spirit.
‘‘The carnival put on by Rotary is a great opportunity for the people of Mooroopna to come together and enjoy time with friends, great food and entertainment,’’ Sgt Mason said.
Mooroopna police responded to reports of a large group of people driving erratically across Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway between Mooroopna and Shepparton on Saturday about 10.30pm.
‘‘The manner in which these vehicles were travelling was quite dangerous and will not be tolerated,’’ Mooroopna police Sergeant Michelle Mason said.
The incident is being investigated.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to phone Mooroopna Police Station on 5825 4131 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.