An 18-year-old Queenstown youth allegedly driving at nearly
double the open road speed limit on a wet road near Alexandra
on Saturday night, with four passengers in his BMW M3 car,
was ''a recipe for disaster''.
Sergeant Simon Paget, of Cromwell, said a highway patrol
officer recorded the vehicle travelling at 186kmh on
''As the officer explained it to me, you had a young and
inexperienced driver, in charge of a powerful vehicle, doing
that speed, in those road conditions, with a carload of
passengers - it was a recipe for disaster - a newspaper
headline waiting to happen,'' Sgt Paget said.
The youth and the passengers, all teenagers, were University
of Otago students on their way back to Dunedin.
''When you look at it, it's almost double the speed limit and
people struggle to control a vehicle at 100kmh, let alone
twice the limit.
''Even experienced police officers, who have training in
driving quickly, are taken aback by the speed he was doing
and the potential for disaster,'' Sgt Paget said.
The driver instantly had his licence suspended for 28 days
and will appear in the Alexandra District Court on Wednesday
to face a charge of driving at a dangerous speed.