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Police hunt Commodore ute seen doing 180kmh

Police have issued a regional alert for the driver of a blue Holden utility last seen driving dangerously at speeds in excess of 180kmh, a spokesman said.
Police have issued a regional alert for the driver of a blue Holden utility last seen driving dangerously at speeds in excess of 180kmh, a spokesman said. John Gass

POLICE have issued a regional alert for the driver of a blue Holden Commodore utility who allegedly drove through roadworks, narrowly avoiding injury to road workers.

A spokesman said the vehicle was last seen doing 180kmh and still accelerating northwards, away from police at Harvey Siding.

Police received information from other road users that the utility was speeding erratically and dangerously northwards on the highway at Kybong about 3am.

Approaching Gympie, the vehicle drove past a roadworks traffic controller, ignoring the controller's attempts to make it stop.

The traffic controller was able to step out of the way and avoid injury as the vehicle drove off through the roadworks, then having a relatively low speed impact with a second traffic controller, who suffered no injuries.

"The driver also drove past a marked police vehicle which was on special duties work at the road work site.

"They attempted to intercept it but it evaded them," the spokesman said.

"The vehicle's side mirror struck a traffic controller's Stop sign but again no injury occurred.

"It continued north at considerable speed, evading a second police vehicle.

"Further information said it had turned off the highway at Curra, where it again drove off from police and headed north.

"At Harvey Siding it could not initially be located, but suddenly drove past two police vehicles at speed in Harvey Siding Rd, accelerating past a truck.

"Due to the dangerous nature of the driving, there was no pursuit," the police spokesman said.

"The whole incident lasted about 45 minutes, from 3am to 3.45am" the spokesman said.

The driver faces possible prosecution for evading police, speeding and dangerous operation of a vehicle, he said.

Gympie Times

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