Gladstone man speeds through Emerald
A MAN clocked travelling at excessive speeds in the Central Highlands as he rushed an injured dog to the vet, has been fined more than $2500.
Police first detected the man in a Toyota Hilux, east of Comet, where he was witnessed speeding on the Capricorn Hwy.
Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said that was the start of many offences on Saturday night.
"Police first detected the four-wheel drive ute driving west on the Capricorn Hwy in the Comet area, travelling in excess of 130kmh," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.
The crew did not attempt to pursue the offender, but notified Emerald police of the incoming car.
Emerald police detected the vehicle travelling into Emerald at 149kmh and attempted to intercept the car, which sped off.
It was again caught travelling at 118kmh in town.
"We did not pursue due to safety reasons and, a short time later, the crew located the car at a local vet," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.
"The driver admitted to speeding and stated he had an injured dog which needed medical attention."
Snr Sgt McFarlane said putting the lives of countless others in danger was "not acceptable".
"While we understand people are passionate about their animals and want to care for them, it is not acceptable to put people's safety at risk by travelling at high speeds on a highway and in town, at night," he said.
The driver, a 26-year-old Gladstone man, admitted he was not familiar with the Emerald area.
Snr Sgt McFarlane said witnesses had seen the car driving erratically.
"Witnesses saw the vehicle pass through Emerald and around cars onto the left hand side of Clermont St," he said.
The man was charged with two counts of driving in excess of 40kmh over the speed limit and one count of failing to stop.
His licence plates were impounded for seven days and he received an immediate licence suspension.
His fines totalled more than $2500, but he avoided facing court.