Thursday, December 27, 2012

Leisurely driver hands himself into police

A driver with a provisional license photographed hurtling down a Melbourne, Australia, freeway with both legs outside the driver's window has come handed himself in to police. Police said the man had "made contact" with them, but they would not elaborate on whether he would be charged with an offence. More inquiries would be made, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Police had earlier appealed for the driver to turn himself in, saying they had identified the owner of the vehicle, and that they would be coming for him if he did not present himself at a police station immediately. Shocked motorists snapped the “ludicrous” Volkswagen golf driver literally putting his feet up as he cruised down the Eastern Freeway, near the Blackburn Rd off-ramp about 7am on Christmas Eve.

Inspector Bernie Rankin from the Major Collision Investigation Unit said the incident was "no joke". “This young man, his behaviour without any further examination is conduct endangering life - that’s a very serious criminal charge,” Insp Rankin said. “You might be thinking it's funny or it might be a joke, or you might be showing off in front of your friends, but at the end of the day if you hurt someone or if someone sees what you're just remember that.”

Motorist Stewart (last name withheld), from Heathmont, photographed the driver speeding down the Eastern Fwy on Monday morning. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I thought: if his right foot’s outside the window, how is he accelerating? Then I saw both feet out of the window and I thought: bloody hell,” Stewart said. He said he saw the driver travelling over the speed limit before he pulled up next to the packed car, when the driver pulled his feet in just before the EastLink tunnel. “He looked very young. This guy’s a risk to my safety. I don’t want to share the road with people like that,” Stewart said.

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