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Speed hoon crash

Monday, 2nd March, 2009

A P-plate driver led police on a high-speed car chase through the city yesterday morning before crashing into a drive-through bottle shop and fleeing on foot. Police arrested the 24-year-old hoon a short time later in Oxide Street, a short distance from where his partner's Mitsubishi Lancer lay wrecked.

He now faces numerous driving offences including negligent driving, speeding and possible drink-driving. Police said the Lancer sedan reached speeds of 130km/h in 50km/h zones as the man tried to outrun officers through parts of Railwaytown and the central area. The incident began about 1.30am as officers attempted to pull the man over in Gypsum Street after noticing he was speeding. A police spokesman said the man turned left into Wills Street before accelerating away from police who activated their siren and gave chase. The pursuit continued in Galena Street, across Williams Street, then into Thomas and O'Farrell Streets, before continuing along Williams Street. The spokesman said the man lost control of the car when he attempted to go through a roundabout at the Oxide Street intersection. The car crossed the road and mounted the kerb before crashing through a corner post and timber lattice. The car was extensively damaged. Police took the man to hospital where he provided blood and urine samples. He was released on bail and is due to appear in the Local Court at the end of the month.

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