Meatworker nabbed at 150km/h

AN abattoir worker who clocked 150km/h on a speed camera along the Mortlake-Ararat Road has been fined and banned from driving.

Chun-Chieh Kao, 27, of McKnight Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle. 

Kao was convicted, fined $850 with $110 costs and banned from driving for 12 months. 

He was warned if he was caught driving while his licence was cancelled he risked going to jail.

On August 18 last year a police radar speed camera was set up on the Mortlake-Ararat Road and Kao was detected at 150km/h at 12.55pm. Police alleged a speed of 145 in a 100  km/h zone due to a 3 per cent allowance.

When spoken to by police Kao admitted driving and said he had taken a friend to Ararat. The vehicle was not registered.

Defence counsel Amanda Chambers said Kao had been in Warrnambool for 18 months and was working as a slicer at the abattoir. 

Magistrate Peter Mellas said all drivers had to follow the road rules and he expected there were strict laws in relation to driving and registering a vehicle in Taiwan.

He said the speed laws were harsh but they were in place to protect all drivers and Kao had placed himself and other road users at risk.

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