Teen clocked at 173kmh

A man caught speeding at 173kmh on Whakatu Drive had only just got his driver's licence back.

Juan John Maxwell, 19, appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday and admitted a charge of speeding.

Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said on 9.15pm August 4 Maxwell was seen speeding on Whakatu Dr with passengers in the car.

He was clocked travelling at 173kmh and police said he was accelerating when his speed was recorded.

He had overtaken a number of cars.

Mr Eden said when police stopped Maxwell passengers in his car joked about how long it would take for him to lose his licence after getting it back.

Duty lawyer Alan Heward said Maxwell was driving his mother's car.

He said Maxwell disputed he was speeding up when his speed was caught.

Maxwell was the sober driver and accepted he had been overtaking vehicles and speeding.

Judge Richard Russell said it was an appalling piece of driving by Maxwell who had previous speeding infringements on his record.

He sentenced him to 80 hours community work and disqualified him for driving for 10 months.