Check out the idiots we shared the road with last week. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
Fortunately, police were able to stop these geniuses before they hurt themselves, a bystander, or another motorist.
Clearly, the threat of speed cameras means nothing to these drivers. Only police intervention could stop them.
Topping the list is a motorcyclist in the US who produced a fake McLovin licence from the movie SuperBad, a Queensland woman who allegedly necked a bottle of wine while behind the wheel and blew five times the legal limit, a Canberra driver who got busted speeding and using a radar detector, and a Sydney motorcyclist who was allegedly clocked at 200kmh coming off the Harbour Bridge in the early hours of the morning.
But first, to Hollywood – or close to it. California Highway Patrol officers from the West Valley division stopped a couple of kids riding an unregistered dirt bike on suburban streets last week.
According to the CHP Facebook page (pictured above), the rider showed police an ID card that was the fake driver’s licence for the geeky character McLovin in the movie SuperBad.
In the movie, the under-age McLovin uses the fake ID to buy alcohol for a party. Police initially believe his ID is real. In the movie, that is.
It is unclear if the rider stopped last week by police thought he might get away with it, too. The fake licence was distributed several years ago with a special edition DVD of the movie, so presumably there are thousands in circulation.
Turns out one of the CHP officers was either a movie buff or could figure out the licence photo didn’t match the bike rider. Either way, the rider and his passenger were sent walking.
In Queensland a woman was filmed weaving between lanes while drinking wine straight from a bottle – not long after allegedly being involved in a three-car pile-up.
Other motorists followed the woman while giving location updates to police over the phone. Eventually, police caught up with the driver who allegedly returned a roadside breath test of 0.276, more than five times the legal limit.
A Canberra man was busted for speeding near the country NSW town of Coonabarabran.
The car he was driving was detected travelling at 142kmh in a 100kmh zone but then braked suddenly once the police radar had a lock on the speed – and likely before the driver was able to see he was approaching a highway patrol car.
The sudden braking aroused the suspicion of police who searched the vehicle and located a radar detector, the use or possession of which carries a larger fine than the speeding offence. In addition to the speeding ticket the man was fined $1819 and 9 demerit points for the radar detector – and the device was confiscated.
North Sydney highway patrol officers had a heart-starter in the early hours of a weekday morning after clocking a motorcycle at 200kmh in an 80kmh zone, as it came off the Harbour Bridge and headed north on the Warringah Freeway.
According to the highway patrol Facebook page (pictured above), the rider told police he was having a bad day and was venting his frustration. His day didn’t get better: the speed came with a fine of $2520 and 6 demerit points, his driver's licence was suspended on the spot for 6 months and the number plate of his motorcycle was confiscated. The rider and the bike went home on a tow truck.
Meanwhile, on Sydney’s northern beaches police stopped a 30-year-old unaccompanied learner driver who was speeding in a school zone while using a mobile phone – while driving a vehicle with bald tyres and defective seatbelts (pictured below).
The car was issued a red defect notice, meaning it had to be towed. The driver’s licence was suspended on the spot for 3 months and he was issued tickets for speeding, not display L plates, use mobile phone in a school zone, learner unaccompanied, as well as a range of defect notices for the vehicle.
Police in south-west Sydney responded to repeated complaints of a local hoon doing burnouts in a quiet suburban street.
Based on video evidence of two burnouts in the same location earlier in the month – and in the same unregistered car – police eventually caught up with the driver.
He was issued a Field Court Attendance notice for two counts of aggravated burnout, two counts of drive unregistered motor vehicle, and two counts of drive uninsured motor vehicle.
The man was also issued with a licence suspension notice but police allowed him some time to drive home as he is a carer for a sick family member.
However, about 40 minutes after returning home, the man again performed several burnouts in the same vehicle (pictured below).
Police returned to the address and arrested the man. His charges were upgraded to three counts of aggravated burnout, three counts of drive unregistered motor vehicle, and three counts of drive uninsured motor vehicle.
Finally, specialist highway patrol officers noticed a vehicle – driven by a 29 year old Albury man – carrying toxic and flammable cargo. The vehicle was also found to be 1 tonne over its allowed weight limit.
The company was referred to the Environmental Protection Agency and the driver was fined for having an unsecured load, exceed weight limit, and for failing to ensure dangerous goods were transported safely (pictured below).