Senior Constable Malcolm Whittaker and Constable Shane Smithers seized this Subaru WRX (rear) which had been driven at speeds up to 174kmh in a 90kmh zone on Tuesday.
Senior Constable Malcolm Whittaker and Constable Shane Smithers seized this Subaru WRX (rear) which had been driven at speeds up to 174kmh in a 90kmh zone on Tuesday. Craig Warhurst

174kmh in 90 zone

ON the first day of a coronial inquest into what caused the deaths of six people in three separate crashes along a 14.5km section of the Bruce Highway, police clocked a WRX Impreza Subaru doing 174kmh on the same deadly stretch.

The 25-year-old Gympie driver was speeding south on the highway when officers in a high-visibility patrol car heading the opposite way detected him on a mobile radar exceeding the speed limit by 84kmh.

Police intercepted the car at around 6pm on Tuesday in the Coles Creek area — the same section of the highway at the centre of the inquest.

Constable Shane Smithers of the Gympie District Traffic Branch said he received a call from the station about a Subaru seen speeding and overtaking on double white lines.

He was happy to report that the driver had already been intercepted and was being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Const Smithers said a number of alarmed motorists had made complaints to police about the driver’s behaviour and it was fortunate he was able to be stopped.

The high-performance car, owned by the driver’s parents, was seized by police and impounded for 48 hours under the hoon legislation.

Const Smithers said this was for inspections to be carried out on the vehicle to check for modifications.

The driver will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court next month.

Gympie Times


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