Speedster saved from dole

A YOUNG man who overtook an unmarked police car at 150kmh on the Bruce Highway said at first he thought he was playing a game of cat and mouse.

Gympie police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Matthew Gregory Dray, 20, accelerated past the police car on the highway near Yandina on December 24, before speeding off into the distance.

Officers estimated that he got up to speeds of 180 to 190kmh before he had to slow down for traffic taking up both lanes ahead of him.

Duty solicitor Chris Anderson said his client thought he was playing cat and mouse with the other vehicle and only sped off when he had a lane clear of traffic.

Mr Anderson asked Magistrate Maxine Baldwin to not disqualify Dray's licence in order to give him a chance to apply for a one-point good driving behaviour option with Queensland Transport.

The court heard Dray was employed as a truck driver and had already lost his licence due to the accumulation of lost demerit points.

Mrs Baldwin said she couldn't fathom why anyone would speed that much in this day and age and told the court she believed Dray's licence should be disqualified.

“Against my better judgement I'm going to go on your side to allow you some opportunity to keep some form of a licence,” she said.

“The last thing I want you to do is go on the dole. It will lead to all sorts of (problems).”

Dray, of Gympie Woolooga Road, Gympie, was convicted and fined $700.

Gympie Times


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