News

Speedy drivers nabbed

By Seymour Telegraph

A learner driver has been nabbed for a multitude of offences. 
The 19-year-old from Waranga Shores was arrested on Friday, May 25, after the Highway Patrol saw a Nissan Skyline speeding along the Hume Fwy about 8am. 
Police were unable to intercept the car, but later received a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped on the Nagambie-Rushworth Rd, Ballieston, with two men walking away from it. 
The two men were spoken to, with the driver arrested and remanded in custody. 
Investigations revealed the 19-year-old was a disqualified learner driver and the Nissan had allegedly been stolen from Dandenong North the previous day, with two reports of it being involved in two petrol drive-offs at Bundoora and Tallarook. 
The man has been charged with at least 20 offences, including conduct endangering life, speeding, evading police, theft of motor car and theft of petrol, as well as possessing a drug of dependence because it is alleged an amount of cannabis was found on him.
The Highway Patrol also caught another excessive speeder on the Hume Fwy, near Longwood recently. 
This time the car, a red Mini Cooper S was impounded, about 9am on Saturday, May 26. The driver, a 27-year-old South Melbourne woman, will appear in court, but has already been given a bill for almost $1000 for towing and storage of the impounded car. 
She was first spotted by police as she passed them doing 127km/h while they were stopped on the side of the road talking to another motorist. 
With the current legislation, she was required to slow down to 40km while passing emergency vehicles when the blue and red lights are flashing. 
She was shortly afterwards checked again on the moving mode radar travelling at 151km/h. The red mini is now stored away for a month and the woman is awaiting a court appearance.

Alleged break-in
Two Wangaratta men were arrested recently after an alert resident notified police of suspicious behaviour.  
The two men were spotted at a house on the Broadford-Kilmore Rd, Broadford, on Monday, May 21, with the resident noticing the car the men were travelling in had different number plates on the front and back. A quick phone call to 000 saw the Kilmore divisional van later locate the car in Powlett St, Kilmore.  
A search of the car found a large amount of coins, alleged to have been stolen from the Broadford home. Some cannabis was also found.  
Investigations also revealed the car had earlier been involved in a petrol drive-off from a service station. 
One of the men, aged 26, was remanded in custody, charged with committing an indictable offence while on bail and the other man, aged 32, was charged and bailed.  
They are facing numerous offences, including burglary, theft, possessing cannabis and fraudulently altering number plates. 
For community members on Facebook, you can now keep up to date with police activities, arrests and other police-related stories by checking out the Mitchell Eyewatch page.  
The Facebook page will have regular stories relating to police happenings in Mitchell and Strathbogie shires.