Drunk driver clocked at almost 190km/h

AN alleged drunk driver has been clocked travelling at almost 190km/h on the Pacific Highway in northern New South Wales.

Highway Patrol officers allegedly detected a man in a Honda Civic travelling along the highway at 187km/h near Tyagarah at around 8.45am on Sunday.

Whilst attempting to catch up to the Civic, police said officers witnessed the vehicle overtake seven cars and a semi-trailer at an estimated speed of 185km/h.


Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle and intercepted it near Tandy’s Lane where the 34-year-old man behind the wheel was arrested after allegedly failing a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Brunswick Heads Police Station where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.152.

The Queensland man has his licence suspended and will appear in court next month, charged with drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, high range PCA, and exceed speed more than 45 km/h.

Tweed/Byron Police District Duty Officer, Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe said the message that drink-driving and speeding kills is not getting through.

“It’s quite simple, people are dying on our roads because of poor decisions made by drivers and riders,” he said.

“We will continue to take people off the roads who choose to drink and drive, or who can’t stay within the speed limit.”