A Manawatu man passed a car and accelerated to 121kmh through two intersections in an urban area of western Palmerston North.
Unfortunately for Troy George Shannon Hata, 25, the car he passed was an unmarked police car.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Judge Gerard Lynch said Hata had "planted his boot" without a thought for the safety of others.
On November 1 at 9pm, Hata accelerated north out of Palmerston North on Rongotea Rd.
Prosecutor Shelly Watson-Hughes said Hata came up behind the unmarked police car 380 metres south of where the speed limit changes to 100kmh.
He passed the car at a rapid pace and continued to accelerate away at high speed.
He was clocked at a top speed of 138kmh on the open road before he was pulled over.
Ms Hughes said a breath-alcohol test showed he had consumed alcohol, but was below the legal limit.
Hata's lawyer Richard Bedford said his client had no explanation for his actions other than that he was in a hurry to get home.
Hata had no serious offending in his past and had no outstanding court fines, Mr Bedford said.
Judge Lynch said Hata needed a "shot across the bow" to realise the consequences of his rapid acceleration.
"All it needs is someone coming across the intersection, thinking you're travelling the speed limit, making a mistake and you've got a high-speed T-bone."
He fined Hata $500 and disqualified him from driving for six months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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