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Teen clocks 168km/h during police pursuit on Hunter Expressway


Christmas will be a very expensive time for one Hunter teenager who failed to obey the law.

On Thursday 24 December, officers attached to Newcastle City Police District’s Highway Patrol were performing speed enforcement duties on the Hunter Expressway at Buchanan.

About 8.11am, they observed a 17-year-old learner rider from Weston travelling at 147km/h on his Honda CBR500.

Police caught up to the motorcycle and signalled for the male to stop.

He failed to do so; and a pursuit began where he increased his speed to 168km/h before undertaking a vehicle travelling at the prevailing limit.

The youth travelled for a further four kilometres before stopping his cycle near the M1 Motorway.

He was arrested and conveyed to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with:

  • Police pursuit not stop drive at speed dangerous;
  • Learner exceed speed limit over 45km/h; and
  • Drive in a manner dangerous to the public.

The youngster was suspended until the matter is finalised in court.

His registration was also cancelled, with his number plate seized.

The male was given strict bail conditions not to occupy the rider’s or driver’s seat of any motor vehicle or cycle.

He will attend Newcastle Local Court in the near future.

“Double demerits are in force until Sunday 3 January, and we are continuing to plead with all motorists to pay attention to your surroundings, don’t drink and drive, don’t speed and don’t have any distractions around you while behind the wheel,” Newcastle City Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey APM said.

The state-wide Christmas and New Year road-safety operation started at midnight (12.01am Thursday 24 December) and concludes 11.59pm on Sunday 3 January.

Double-demerit points are in force throughout for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

NSW Police officers will also be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds; drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

Anyone with information about driving incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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