A WARRNAMBOOL highway patrol police officer terminated a pursuit almost as quickly as it began at Garvoc early yesterday morning after a small hatchback reached a speed of 190km/h.
Warrnambool policeman Sergeant Cameron Ross said a highway patrol unit officer tried to intercept a speeding vehicle with an obscured number plate on the Princes Highway at Garvoc at 2.30am.
“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,” Sergeant Ross 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 of the car were continuing.
“It is unusual for there to be tape over the number plate,” he said.
‘‘We simply don’t know if the vehicle was stolen but the driver certainly didn’t want to stop and talk to police.”
Anyone with information about the white hatchback is requested to contact Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.