TWO hoons who reached speeds of more than 150km/h have been convicted and fined and warned their behaviour was a recipe for disaster.
Damian Gary Wiffrie, 38, of Marlee Court, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to exceeding the speed limit and unlicensed driving.
The court heard that on June 23 this year Wiffrie took his new Kawasaki motorbike and headed on to the Great Ocean Road near Allansford.
He was seen by police and reached speeds of 153km/h before he was intercepted near the Warrnambool-Cobden Road.
Wiffrie did not hold a motorbike licence and his motorbike was impounded under the hoon legislation.
Defence counsel Pat McComish said his client had recently purchased the motorbike and intended to get a motorbike licence.
He said he used the motorbike because the battery in his ute was flat and he was not the type of person who would usually take such a risk.
He said Wiffrie had worked at a Mepunga dairy farm for three years and with the loss of a licence he faced an uncertain future.
“He’s too long in the tooth and too well regarded for this type of behaviour,” he said.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said a vehicle travelling at 150km/h would travel at 40 metres a second and it was absolute nonsense to ride at those speeds on a public road.
He said his references and records didn’t speak of a person who would normally engage in such behaviour.
He said it was a rush of blood to the head which would be extremely costly for him.
Wiffrie was convicted and fined $1000 and his driver’s licence was suspended for 12 months.
In a separate matter Bryce Lucas, 22, of Crescent Road, Simpson, yesterday pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving at a speed dangerous.
The court heard that on June 9 this year at 3.22pm the P-plater was driving in an easterly direction on the Princes Highway in Allansford.
In a 100km/h zone he overtook a number of vehicles including an unmarked police car, reaching speeds up to 135km/h.
The police car followed Lucas and he accelerated further reaching 159km/h.
He was intercepted by police and made full admissions. His reason for speeding was because he was running late for work.
The car was unable to be impounded because a tow truck was unavailable and Lucas agreed to surrender his car at Warrnambool police station.
The court heard Lucas works at a dairy farm and is due to marry his fiance next year.
His defence counsel said he suffered from attention deficit disorder and sometimes acted impulsively.
Mr Klestadt said to drive at those speeds on a public road and in traffic was a recipe for disaster.
Lucas was convicted and fined $1000 and his licence was suspended for 12 months.