POLICE have arrested a P-plater allegedly found with a hunting knife while driving at more than 70km/h over the speed limit in the Riverina.
Cootamundra Highway Patrol were alerted to seven complaints against a red Holden Commodore sedan alleged to be speeding south along the Hume Highway from Yass at Tumblong on Monday afternoon.
Shortly after, police located a 21-year-old man walking along the Hume Highway near Gundagai with a jerry can around the red Commodore which had ran out of fuel.
Officers identified the man as the driver of the vehicle in question. He produced a P2 provisional drivers licence restricting him to the 100km/h speed limit, yet a time distance calculation conducted by police revealed the man had allegedly travelled at an average speed of 177km/h.
The 21-year-old was arrested, and a subsequent search of his vehicle led police to allegedly locate a large hunting knife.
He was conveyed to Gundagai Police Station where he was issued with Court Attendance Notices for driving in a speed dangerous, exceed speed by over 45km/h, and possess a knife in a public place.
In other news:
Highway Patrol officers has a busy period along the Hume Highway to start the week with a further incident preceding Monday's arrest.
On Sunday, October 19, Wagga Highway Patrol allegedly detected an 18-year-old man on his P1 provisional drivers licence travelling at 154km/h - more than 60km/h above the allowed 90km/h for P1 drivers.
Police issued an immediate licence suspension notice for 6 months and a $2520 traffic infringement notice for exceed speed over 45km/h.