Learner driver from Mount Gambier caught offending twice in two hours on Dukes Highway arrested, charged

A learner driver will face a raft of charges after being caught offending twice in two hours on Saturday, March 21. Photo: File.
A learner driver will face a raft of charges after being caught offending twice in two hours on Saturday, March 21. Photo: File.

A learner driver will face a raft of charges after being caught offending twice in two hours on Saturday, March 21.

About 3pm, a Murray Mallee police patrol witnessed a Nissan Coupe travelling at 78km/h in a 60km/h zone on the Dukes Highway at Coonalpyn, and pulled the car over.

The driver, a 29-year-old Mount Gambier man, was driving alone even though he only had a learners permit.

He was fined $1328 for lacking a qualified supervising driver and failing to display 'L' plates, and his car was defected.

Then, about two hours later, "the same patrol spotted the same vehicle, with the same driver, travelling on the same highway at Coombe", a police statement said.

Police followed him as he drove at a speed exceeding 140km/h in the 110km/h zone, and he crossed double lines to overtake other vehicles before coming to a stop.

The man driving was arrested and charged with two counts of breaching learners permit conditions, driving contrary to a defect, speeding, and overtaking when unsafe.

He was bailed and will face Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on April 14.