Drunken speedster allegedly clocked 173km/h at school time


POLICE believe they may have prevented another fatal crash on the region's roads when they caught an allegedly drunk motorcyclist travelling at 173kmh between Hervey Bay and Maryborough during peak school time.  

The 50-year-old alleged offender was clocked travelling at break-neck speeds on Thursday at 3.18pm in what Maryborough Road Policing Unit's senior constable Terry Parker called "a roadside fatality in the making".  

The motorcyclist initially evaded police along Hervey Bay-Maryborough Road, however officers in an unmarked police car managed to pull the rider over on the same stretch of road near Dundathu.  

By the time police breath- tested the motorcyclist he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.128%.    

"It could have very well been one or more fatalities to add to the list," Snr Const Parker said.    "

Speeds of 173kmh in anyone's language is extreme and to add to that he was intoxicated and evaded police... a major incident in the making," he said.   

"It's a roadside fatality in the making."  

The motorcyclist's dangerous behaviour comes at a time where six people have been killed on the region's roads in the last three weeks.  

He was caught just three days after two people were killed and four others left in serious and critical conditions in a horrific head-on collision on the Bruce Hwy between Maryborough and Tiaro.  

Four other people were killed in two separate incidents in the same week less than a month ago on the same stretch of highway between Tiaro and Gympie.    

Caught speeding along the busy thoroughfare between the two cities, Snr Constable Parker said it put the lives of families at risk.   

"There are a large number of parents and children commuting to and from schools around 3pm so it's a sensitive time of the day," he said.   

Maryborough Police Sergeant Chris Farlow said it was ridiculous and selfish behaviour that could have ended in death.  

"If the motorcyclist had have hit head-on, he could have killed himself and potentially other road users," he said.   

The Maryborough man has been charged with evading police, type two high end speeding and drink driving.

He is due to face Maryborough Magistrates Court on May 10.  

Topics:  blood alcohol reading editors picks fcpolice hervey bay maryborough road speeding driver

8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blueprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

GALLERY: Lives changed as gala kicks off Gatsby-style

Gala fans (from left) Andy Le, Tuyen Tran, Gwen and Richard Watt, Bec Hunt, Wes Espulso and Sandy Mason.

Check out all the action in our gallery of the event!

Man punched, hit by car in brazen assault

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

A man and woman will face court after an assault on Saturday arvo.

Teen 'lying on road' struck by car

Reviewed safety procedures rolled out to paramedics in the wake of a series of attacks have been so far well-received, according to their union.

He was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Local Partners

King Judah through to The Voice grand final

NOT even losing his speaking voice through illness could stop the Laidley singer from performing tonight.

The top 10 TV shows that need to end

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in a scene from season five of House of Cards.

It’s now time to cull some of our favourites

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

Prince Harry was the center of attention during his trip to Sydney.

Prince Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

Bonus Bill Busters Bingo card with today's paper!

Get an extra bingo car with today's paper.

Don't miss out on your bonus card.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

Builders relish Coast's growing construction rates

The Coast's average house price has risen from by more than $10,000 in the past three years to $507,100.

House numbers and values are rising on the Coast

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!