Police will charge a Blacktown P-plater under the provisions of Skye’s Law — legislation governing police pursuits and reckless driving — following a high-speed pursuit in western Sydney early this morning.
Police from Hawkesbury Highway Patrol were conducting speed enforcement in an 80km/h zone on Windsor Road, Vineyard, about 1.20am today when a Suzuki Swift allegedly travelled past them at 120km/h.
Police pursed the Swift through numerous suburbs, including Seven Hills and Lalor Park, until the car eventually stopped in Sher Place, Blacktown, and a 23-year-old male driver was arrested.
The man was taken to Blacktown police station where he recorded a breath analysis reading of 0.073.
P-platers are required by law to have zero blood alcohol.
He will be issued a future court attendance notice for Skye’s Law, low-range drink driving; exceeding the speed by more than 30km/h and failing to display P-plates.
Skye’s Law is part of the legislation governing police pursuits and reckless driving and was enacted after the death in 2009 of 19-month-old Skye Sassine, who was killed when an alleged robber crashed into the car she was travelling in during a police pursuit in Sydney.
State government figures indicate 445 people were convicted under Skye’s Law between May 2010 and March 2012, with 40.4per cent of those convicted receiving a prison sentence.