Portland red P-plater causes two collisions after being caught speeding

THE unintended consequences of low-level speeding has led to a three-car collision just out of Portland.

Senior Constable Nathan Cashion, of the Portland Highway Patrol Unit, said a red P-plater was detected travelling at 111 in a 100 km/h zone about oner kilometre onto the Princes Highway near Wilkins Lane at 1pm Saturday.

"Low level speeding fits right into our tasking at present," he said.

"We activated our emergency light and the 18-year-old Portland woman driving a black Holden Commodore stationwagon has then collided with a Holden Commodore sedan that was turning right into Wilkins Lane."

Senior Constable Cashion said the middle-aged woman driver of the Commodore sedan was pushed across the road and into the path of an oncoming Mitsubishi Triton dual cab utility, causing a second collision.

The Triton, carrying the female driver, a male passenger and two young children has then spun down an embankment.

"The P-plate driver of the black Commodore was taken to Portland hospital with ankle and leg soreness and one of the boys from the Triton went to hospital to be assessed for seatbelt soreness."

The police officer said all three vehicles had to be towed from the accident scene after receiving significant damage.

"The message is pretty simple - don't speed and bring yourself to the attention of police," Senior Constable Cashion said.

"It was just an amazing this all unfolded in front of us and very fortunately no one was seriously injured," he said.

At Warrnambool, police were stunned to catch an erratic Englishman driving at three times the legal limit about 4.30an along Raglan Parade on Sunday morning.

Sergeant James van Engelen said the 22-year-old man attracted the attention of police because of his erratic driving.

"He's on a working visa and driving on an international licence. He was in a Toyota Landcruiser at 4.30am along Raglan Parade when he was intercepted," he said.

"He returned a positive preliminary test and then an evidentiary reading of .150. He has been immediately summons to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on May 1."

Sergeant van Engelen urged all driver to take every possible precaution with so much traffic on south-west roads during the Easter long weekend.

"We've just had so many fatalities on our roads during the past couple of weeks. All drivers need to be patient and obey the road rules - we just want everyone to get home safe," he said.

"Some of the driving behaviour we see on the roads just makes us shake our heads," he said.

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