Police confiscate 233 km/h fast car after helicopter pursuit

Police confiscate 233 km/h fast car after helicopter pursuit

It’s been a busy start to the long weekend for Victoria Police, with three cars impounded in one day for Hoon offenses while dangerous driving takes the spotlight through Operation Scoreboard.

A 23-year-old Victorian man has lost his driver’s license and his vehicle has been impounded after the police spotted him driving at more than 200 km/h and then called in the Luftwaffe, who pursued the perpetrator with a helicopter.

Officers spotted the vehicle around 7:30pm Thursday night in west Melbourne, before a police helicopter was deployed to pursue the offender from a safe distance.

Victoria Police allege the vehicle was struck at 140 mph on the Princes Freeway before exiting the freeway and traveling in oncoming lanes for a short time, then turning back into the city.

At Point Cook, “stop sticks” were used to deflate tires, after which the car stalled in a cul-de-sac leading to a parking lot and the driver was arrested.

The driver, from Greenvale, a suburb of Melbourne, had his driver’s license revoked and was charged with a range of offenses including fatal conduct, speeding, dangerous driving and evading police.

It wasn’t the only hoon vehicle to end up on a tow truck overnight, with Highway Patrol officers impounding a Holden VL Commodore Turbo after allegedly seeing the sedan “perform fishtail maneuvers” while the headlights were off.

Police impounded the car, costing the driver $969, and the 21-year-old Endeavor Hills man is expected to be charged on subpoena, Victoria Police say.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Air Wing observed a Holden VF Commodore car reportedly traveling at speeds of up to 125 mph on the Monash Freeway.

After the vehicle was intercepted at Glen Waverley, it was seized for the probationary driver at a cost of $878 with a 20-year-old Narre Warren South man expected to be charged on subpoena.

Victoria Police are currently targeting dangerous driving with Operation Scoreboard which began at 00:01 on Wednesday 21 September and will end at 23:59 on Sunday 25 September.

Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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