Charges as teen runs off road in Harcourt

A 17-YEAR-OLD was drink-driving with three teenage passengers when he ran off the road in Harcourt on Saturday.

The driver told police he had borrowed the car from his aunty before crashing the vehicle in Harmony Way, Harcourt, about 3am.

The teenager recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.08 and was charged with drink-driving and driving without a licence.

One of the passengers in the car was found to be in breach of bail conditions and was rebailed. 

Sergeant Nicky Goodison said it was becoming too common that unlicensed teenagers decided to get behind the wheel.

“It’s a concern,” he said.

“We’re always hopeful that learner drivers don’t drive in breach of their conditions, and especially not drink-driving.”

All passengers were uninjured in the crash.

Another driver in Harcourt was pulled over by police on Saturday morning after being caught driving at 150km/h.

The man was stopped on the Calder Highway between Fogartys Gap Road and Ravenswood after a member of the public reported that he had earlier been travelling about 190km/h.

The 20-year-old driver from Sunbury had his car impounded for one month and was charged by way of summons with speeding offences.


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