‘My accelerator was stuck’: Speeding motorist

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Adam PoulsenMidwest Times

Dongara police say a driver allegedly caught speeding at 150km/h on Brand Highway told officers his accelerator was stuck, despite the fact he was able to stop without a problem.

Officers allegedly detected the 31-year-old Rangeway man driving 40km/h over the speed limit at Bookara about 6.50pm last Thursday.

He received an $800 dollar fine and six demerit points.

Officer-in-charge at Dongara Police Station, Sergeant Grant Rosman, said police were nearby and responding to a report of a cow wandering on the side of the highway when they booked the driver.

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He said it was not uncommon for cows to escape from properties in the area and drivers should be aware of potential hazards.

“There have been crashes in the past that resulted in cars being written off, and we’ve had reports from property owners of cows being found dead after presumably being hit by large trucks,” Sgt Rosman said.

“It’s often the result of people trying to access the coastal strip and going onto private land and leaving the gates unhitched.

“I’ve also seen cows jump over a fence, eat the grass and then jump back over – they’re pretty good at getting over fences.”

Sgt Rosman said police did not find the runaway cow.

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