Speeding drug driver in defective vehicle

Charged with driving offences

A 50-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he was detected speeding, with drugs in his system, while driving a defective and unregistered vehicle.  

About 4.00pm yesterday (Thursday, 1 December 2022) ACT Road Policing officers in Whitlam detected a Subaru Forrester travelling at 110km/h on John Gorton Drive which has a 60km/h limit. 

After being stopped by police the driver returned a positive roadside drug test.  

On inspection of his vehicle police identified it was missing its accelerator pedal and a ‘rope pull’ mechanism was being used to operate the accelerator. Further checks revealed the vehicle’s registration was suspended due to unpaid fines. 

The vehicle was issued a defect notice preventing it from being driven and the man was taken into custody. He is expected to be charged with aggravated dangerous driving and other offences.  

Police remind all drivers of the need to ensure vehicles are roadworthy and registered.  


Media enquiries 

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

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