A WARRNAMBOOL highway patrol police officer ended a pursuit almost as quickly as it began at Garvoc early this morning after a small white hatch reached a speed of 190km/h.
Warrnambool police Sergeant Cameron Ross said that at 2.30am a highway patrol unit officer attempted to intercept a speeding vehicle on the Princes Highway at Garvoc.
"The offending vehicle, a small white hatchback with tape covering the licence plate, accelerated away and reached high speed which prompted police to terminate the pursuit," he said.
"The decision to terminate was caused by the nature of the driving, the extreme speed of 190km/h the hatch was travelling at and the weather conditions. The pursuit was terminated almost as quickly as it began and only last 10 to 15 seconds."
Sergeant Ross said inquiries into the identity of the driver and the registration situation of the car were continuing.
"It is unusual for there to be tape over the number plate. We simply don't know if the vehicle was stolen but the driver certainly didn't want to stop and talk to police," he said.
Anyone with information about the small white hatchback with tape over the number plates is requested to contact Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.