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Speedy drivers nabbed

By Seymour Telegraph

Young drivers busted

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 Hume Fwy about 8am.

Police were unable to intercept the car, but later received a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped on Nagambie-Rushworth Rd, Ballieston, with two men walking away from it.

The two men were spoken to and the driver was arrested and remanded in custody.

Investigations revealed the 19-year-old to be 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 petrol drive-offs; one at Bundoora, the other at 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 driver breaking the speed limit on Hume Fwy recently, near Longwood.

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 be appearing in court, but has already been given a bill for close to $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.

Current legislation requires drivers to slow down to 40km/h 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.

Her vehicle 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 what he thought was suspicious behaviour.

The two men were spotted at a house on 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 Triple Zero saw the Kilmore divisional van later locate the car in Powlett St, Kilmore.

A search of the car found a large amount of coins that are alleged to have been stolen from the Broadford residence. 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, due to committing an indictable offence while on bail; the other man, aged 32, was charged and bailed.

The men are facing numerous offences including burglary, theft, possessing cannabis and fraudulently altering number plates.

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