7 November 2022

Suspended driver faces court after alleged positive drug test and video speeding in stolen car

| Chris Roe
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A man was arrested for allegedly speeding in a stolen car and returning a positive drug test. Photo: File.

A man has faced court in Wagga, charged with traffic offences after allegedly being caught speeding in a stolen vehicle, southwest of Gundagai on Sunday (6 November).

At about 4:15 pm, Riverina Highway Patrol were clocking motorists on the Hume Highway at Mundarlo when they detected a Range Rover allegedly travelling at 133 km/h in a 110 km/h signposted area.

Police stopped the vehicle and the 55-year-old driver was subjected to a roadside breath test and a drug test.

While he returned a negative result for alcohol, he allegedly returned a positive reading on the drug test.

Checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving until July 2023 and the Range Rover was reportedly stolen from a Melbourne home on in July.

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A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered that it was displaying false number plates and contained power tools and a number plate, all believed to have been stolen.

The man was taken to Gundagai Police Station where he was subject to a secondary fluid analysis, which allegedly returned a positive detection of methylamphetamine. The results of which will undergo further analysis.

The man was transferred to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was charged with eight offences:

  • drive motor vehicle during disqualification period,
  • motor vehicle exceeding speed by more than 45 km/h – estimated,
  • use motor vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed,
  • motor vehicle exceeding speed more than 10 km/h – Lidar,
  • unlawfully possessing number plates,
  • drive conveyance taken without consent of owner,
  • driver using mobile phone when not permitted, and
  • drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous.

Police will allege in court that the man filmed himself while travelling at 170 km/h on the Hume Highway in Jugiong earlier that day.

The Victorian man was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today.

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