1492659145262 - Police radar clocks driver’s speed at 170kmh along state highway

Police radar clocks driver’s speed at 170kmh along state highway

A dangerous speedster was snapped driving at 172 kilometres an hour as he passed three cars along a state highway.

On April 8, Cory Matthew Stevenson was heading south in his ute on State Highway 45, near Oakura.

Sergeant Lewis Sutton said about 3.25pm, the defendant was in one of four cars coming down a steep hill, as a police patrol car approached in the opposite direction.

Officers watched Stevenson move to the right of the yellow no-pass lines and begin to overtake three cars which were ahead of him. 

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Each vehicle had about 30 metres of space between them, Sutton said.

“Police also noted that those vehicles were travelling between 90 to 100 kilometres per hour and that the offender’s speed increased markedly in relation to the other vehicles he was overtaking.” 

A radar speed check was carried out and Stevenson was clocked driving at a top speed of 172kmh. The posted speed limit in the area was 100kmh.

“In explanation, the defendant stated that he had pulled out to overtake at the turn lane, thinking it was a passing lane, then found he was committed to overtaking,” Sutton said.

During his appearance in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, Stevenson pleaded guilty to driving at a dangerous speed.

Defence lawyer Turitea Bolstad said her client knew he had been in the wrong.

“He acknowledges that it was a high speed,” she said.

While able to pay a fine, Bolstad said the driving disqualification would have a definite impact on Stevenson.

The 42-year-old used a wheelchair so driving gave him an ability to be independent, she said.

“He’s reliant on his vehicle to transport himself around and to medical appointments.” 

Judge Lynne Harrison admonished Stevenson for his poor driving and said it could have had fatal consequences.

“172 kilometres an hour is dangerous, it’s completely unacceptable and you put other road users at risk,” she said.

Stevenson was fined $600 and ordered to pay court costs of $130.  He was banned from driving for six months.

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