A policeman's speed gun went into overdrive as a driver was
clocked at 207kmh just north of Timaru.
Senior Constable Alister Doonan said he was parked on the
side of Seadown Rd when he spotted a Nissan Skyline hurtling
along, about 3.15pm on Saturday.
"I saw him coming and I knew he was going for it," Mr Doonan
"But I wouldn't have picked him at this speed."
Mr Doonan said the radar locked in on the Nissan and recorded
the incredible figure - more than twice as fast the road's
It was the fastest speed the veteran of more than 30 years
had recorded. The previous highest was 196 km/h and he also
recalled a few drivers in the 170km/h range.
Mr Doonan said Saturday's incident happened on a flat section
of a regional road where he often parked with the speed gun.
The driver pulled over, Mr Doonan said. There were two
passengers in the car, but neither had the correct licence to
take the wheel.
So followed him home and handed him a 28-day suspension of
his driving licence.
A 21-year-old local man will appear in the Timaru District
Court next week on one charge of driving at a dangerous
speed. He faces a minimum six-month man from getting behind
- Jimmy Ellingham