Late-to-work dash costly

Gregory James Kaha Rameka pleaded guilty to a charge each of drove a motor vehicle exceeding the speed by 45km or more and no authority to drive – suspended (other than fines suspension).

The prosecutor said Rameka was driving north on Patterson Road in Rockingham when he sped past the police car.

Radar equipment on the police car detected a speed of 135km/h in an 80km zone.

Police pulled him over where they discovered his licence was suspended until April 2016.

He told the officers he was running late for work and it was his last chance with his employer.

Rameka’s record showed it was his third offence for driving while on a court suspension.

The duty lawyer said Rameka was on probation at work and had panicked when his friend who normally drove him to work failed to pick him up.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said there was a strong need for personal deterrence.

Rameka was fined $1200 for each charge and disqualified from driving for 16 months.