A HORSHAM panel beater lost his licence after police caught him riding his new motorbike at 176 kilometres an hour.
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Darren McAlpine, 42, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to having exceeded the speed limit by 45kmh or more.

Magistrate Peter Couzens fined McAlpine $650, with conviction, ordered him to pay $43 costs and prohibited him from driving for the 12-month mandatory minimum period.

Mr Couzens noted McAlpine’s last court appearance was 20 years ago.

“Mr McAlpine, you did an extraordinary speed on a public highway,” he said.

“You were testing your new motorbike to see what it could do.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Guin Cleminson told the court that motorcyclist McAlpine was riding behind an unmarked police car in the Hamilton area on January 22.

McAlpine overtook the police car at 3.20pm and accelerated heavily on the Henty Highway.

The police officer measured McAlpine’s speed at 176kmh, with an alleged speed of 174kmh, in a 100kmh zone.

The officer stopped McAlpine who said he had a new power bike and the road was straight and clear.

He told police he had a wheelchair-bound son, 12, and he was the only one who could look after him.

Police impounded McAlpine’s motorcycle under anti-hoon laws at a later date because of hardship reasons.

Defence solicitor Graeme Hardman said his client was very remorseful and it was a ‘simple twist’ of an accelerator which made him overtake the police car.

He said McAlpine had attended a road trauma awareness seminar and his son had spinal muscular atrophy.

Mr Couzens said it was fortunate there was no accident.

“The consequences are horrific for you,” he said.

“If you drive, things will get worse.

“You are well-known in the community.”

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