Police say a young driver risked killing other motorists as
he evaded police at high speed near Mosgiel yesterday.
A man in his early 20s allegedly drove a 1991 Nissan Skyline
at more than 100kmh while overtaking another vehicle, as a
third car approached in the opposite lane.
The Nissan spun out of control into a ditch and the driver of
the oncoming vehicle had to brake hard to avoid a collision,
leaving skid marks stretching more than 100m along State
Highway 87, police said.
''We are lucky we are not dealing with a fatal [crash], given
the speed and the way he crossed the centre line, completely
out of control. An aggravating factor is the poor condition
of his vehicle, which had a non-operation order for being
unroadworthy,'' Acting Sergeant Reece Munro said.
The incident happened just before 3pm on the Outram-Mosgiel
road (SH87) near the Tirohanga Rd intersection.
Police arrested the Nissan driver, the only person in the
car, and charged him with failing to stop for police and
Acting Sgt Munro said a police patrol travelling in the
opposite direction towards Mosgiel had followed the Nissan
and signalled the driver to stop.
But he ''heavily accelerated'' and overtook another vehicle
''at speeds in excess of 100kmh'', narrowly avoiding a
collision with an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane,
Acting Sgt Munro said.
''It was a very close call and it could have been a lot