A WARRNAMBOOL P-plater clocked by police travelling at 151km/h has been fined $1000 and lost his driver’s licence for nine months.
Cameron McKean, 20, of Karana Drive, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to driving at a dangerous speed.
Police allege that at just after 9pm on July 6, a Koroit police officer watched two vehicles travelling one behind the other. A white Ford utility was being followed by McKean in a Ford sedan.
The police officer watched the vehicles travel down High Street and Commercial Road before following them east.
He estimated their speed between 110-115km/h in both 100km/h and 80km/h zones.
The vehicles were close when they travelled down Burrells Flat Road at Southern Cross when the police officer recorded McKean’s speed between 128km/h and 166km/h.
The radar locked on to McKean’s vehicle at 151km/h.
The police officer intercepted both drivers and they checked the speed on the radar.
The officer said it had been raining, the roads were wet and it was dark.
Two weeks ago the co-accused was convicted and fined $1500 in court and lost his licence for 12 months.
He had prior convictions for speeding.
Yesterday, magistrate Ann McGarvie said good character references would not help McKean if the people involved were standing around his grave.
“If something had run on to the road and your co-accused braked, you would be dead,” she told McKean.
“Your driving was incredibly dangerous. Driving at that speed, on back roads, there’s no way you could have stopped.
“You would probably have killed him and yourself and you would not have known what hit you — it happens in a millisecond.”
The magistrate warned McKean that any accident at 150km/h could lead to a driver being a vegetable for the rest of his life and being fed through a tube.