THIS FER­RARI DRIVER, AL­LEGEDLY CLOCKED AT 233KPH ON HUME FREE­WAY AT WAN­GARATTA, TELLS COURT HE WILL CON­TEST DAN­GER­OUS DRIV­ING CHARGE

Court told driver to con­test dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

THE driver of a Fer­rari al­legedly clocked at 233kph on the Hume Free­way in Fe­bru­ary will con­test a charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing be­cause he be­lieved the ve­hi­cle could safely drive at that speed.

Wan­garatta lawyer Nancy Bat­tiato, rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cused NSW man Carlo Hal­lacq, said her client would plead guilty to the speed­ing charge but not to the dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge or wit­ness claims that he was tail-gat­ing other ve­hi­cles.

“He de­nies tail-gat­ing but ad­mits the speed al­leged but be­lieves it was not a dan­ger­ous speed and his ve­hi­cle could man­age it,” Ms Bat­tiato told Wan­garatta Mag­is­trate Court on Mon­day.

Mag­is­trate David Faram smiled and he raised his eyebrows and said, “Is that right?”

“If he con­sid­ers that’s not a dan­ger­ous speed we should for­get the con­test men­tion and just set a hear­ing date. That’s not to men­tion the un­li­censed driv­ing.”

Ms Bat­tiato ar­gued for a con­test men­tion which was granted and will be held on Novem­ber 8 at Wan­garatta.

Mag­is­trate Faram was told Mr Hal­lacq had previ- ous speed­ing and traf­fic con­vic­tions in NSW and “a cou­ple in Vic­to­ria”.

Mag­is­trate Faram checked the ac­cused’s driv­ing record and noted “I have here 30 pages of speed­ing con­vic­tions”.

The Fer­rari’s al­leged speed is be­lieved to be the high­est recorded by Wan­garatta High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cers in liv­ing mem­ory.

The in­ci­dent ear­lier this year went down in free­way folk­lore after the driver al­legedly told po­lice at the time the rea­son for the ex­ces­sive speed was “there weren’t many cars around so I thought I’d give it a bit of a squirt”.

PHOTO: Steve Kelly

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