Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

160kmh Run Up Prince Street

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

160kmh Run Up Prince Street

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Byline: Chris Nield

POLICE alleged in Maclean Court yesterday that a young Grafton abattoir slaughterman had driven his red Torana SIR 4000 at speeds reaching 160 km (100 mph) through main streets of Grafton, on the night of April 26.

Maxwell Bruce Watters (21), of Armidale Road, South Grafton, pleaded not guilty.

He said the most he had driven was 70 to 80 km in an area where there was park on one side and paddock on the other.

Senior Constable L. W. Hampson said he had followed the Torana in the Police Charger over the Clarence River Bridge, when it was doing not less than 100 km, along Fitzroy Street, into Prince Street, where its speed increased to 140 km, and when it passed Dobie Street, 160 km.

The car turned up Arthur Street and fishtailed taking a corner, increased speed again to about 140 km.

He had discontinued pursuit because he was afraid of the danger to himself and the public by driving at that speed, he said.

Constable Hampson said he went to the Five Mile Hotel the following afternoon and arrested Watters on a charge of driving at a speed dangerous to the public. …

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