Police catch teen at 148km/h

FLASHING red and blue lights a teenage motorist installed on his car caught the attention of police just before he accelerated to about 150km/h at Irymple.

Jorrin Clutterbuck, 19, pleaded guilty to driving at a dangerous speed in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Highway patrol officers noticed Clutterbuck’s car had red and blue lights emanating from underneath shortly before he accelerated on the highway.

Police clocked him travelling at 88km/h above the 60km/h speed limit.

Clutterbuck was intercepted and immediately stopped, telling police the fastest speed he reached was 151km/h. 

Defence counsel Anne Hennessy said Clutterbuck accepted “it was a very stupid thing to do”.

She said Clutterbuck had already paid a heavy price for his bad decision, having had to borrow money to free his car from impoundment.

“He had some special lights on his car that drew the attention of police and now he’s removed them from the car,” Ms Hennessy said.

Magistrate Gregory McNamara said Clutterbuck’s “momentary lack of thinking” appeared “out of character” but warned him he risked causing injury or death by speeding.

Clutterbuck was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

His car will also be impounded again for another month.

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