Speeding truckie had drugs on board – cops
POLICE have stopped a speeding truck driver this morning (Wednesday) allegedly in possession of a prohibited drug and with the number plate of his vehicle obscured with tape.
Shortly before 5am, Goulburn Highway Patrol officers allegedly detected a New South Wales-registered truck travelling north at 131km/h in breach of the 100km/h heavy vehicle special speed limit at Bookham, west of Yass, police say.
The officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to the 42-year-old male driver who produced a Victorian heavy vehicle driver’s licence.
During an inspection of the vehicle the officers noticed that the front number plate had been tampered with – yellow tape had been stuck to the number plate allegedly obscuring the letters and numbers in an attempt to prevent identification of the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was also conducted and police will allege that they discovered a quantity of a drug believed to be amphetamine.
The driver was booked for exceed heavy vehicle speed limit by more than 20km/h and use a Class C vehicle with altered number plate.
He was also issued with a field court attendance notice for possess prohibited drug and is expected to appear at the Yass Local Court next month.
Superintendent Stuart Smith from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command says the driver had been extremely reckless.
“I am shocked and disappointed to think that a driver can act so irresponsibly in any vehicle, but to commit these alleged offences in a heavy vehicle is beyond belief,” says Superintendent Smith.
“The potential dangers that a truck of this size could cause to the driver and other road users whilst speeding would be catastrophic.
“Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Marine Services heavy vehicle inspectors will continue to conduct enforcement and safety operations around the clock and around the state.”