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Police impound 233km/h speeding car after helicopter chase

Police impound 233km/h speeding car after helicopter chase

It has been a busy start to the long weekend for Victoria Police, with three cars impounded for hoon offences in one day, as dangerous driving comes under the spotlight through Operation Scoreboard.

A 23-year-old Victorian man has lost his licence and had his vehicle impounded after police detected him driving at more than 200km/h, and then called in the air wing who followed the offender with a helicopter.

According to Victoria Police, officers spotted the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute driving erratically in Melbourne’s west at 7:30pm Thursday night, before a police helicopter was deployed to track the offender from a safe distance.

Victoria Police allege the vehicle was busted at 233km/h on the Princes Freeway, before exiting the freeway and travelling for a short time in oncoming lanes, and then driving back towards the city.

Tyre-deflating “stop sticks” were deployed in Point Cook, after which the car came to a halt in a dead-end street that led to a car park, and the driver was arrested.

The driver, from the Melbourne suburb of Greenvale, had his licence suspended, and was charged with a number of offences including conduct endangering life, speeding, dangerous driving, and evading police.

It wasn’t the only hoon vehicle to end up on a tow truck overnight, with highway patrol officers impounding a Holden VL Commodore Turbo after allegedly witnessing the sedan “performing fishtail manoeuvres” while the headlights were switched off.

Police had the car impounded at a cost of $969 to the driver, and the 21-year-old Endeavour Hills man is expected to be charged on summons, says Victoria Police.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Air Wing observed a Holden VF Commodore wagon allegedly travelling at speeds of up to 200km/h on the Monash Freeway.

After being intercepted in Glen Waverley, the vehicle was impounded at a cost of $878 to the probationary driver, with a 20-year-old Narre Warren South man expected to be charged on summons.

Victoria Police are currently targeting dangerous driving with Operation Scoreboard, which began at 12:01am on Wednesday 21 September and will conclude at 11:59pm on Sunday 25 September.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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