'Playing Russian roulette': driver caught doing 151km/hr

A man from Young was convicted, fined $200 and disqualified from driving for six months after he appeared in Young Local Court last week.

Ahmad Hamze of Young was caught by police radar doing more than 50km/h over the speed limit near Boorowa in March.

According to the police facts submitted to the court Hamze was caught driving on the Lachlan Valley Way near Boorowa doing 151km/h at 11.37pm on March 1, 2019.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien was horrified at the speed and the defendant's lack of reason behind travelling at such a high speed.

"Mr Hamze is lucky to be here, had an animal run in front of him or someone not paying attention at that speed he may not have been here to tell the tale," Magistrate O'Brien said.

"It's almost like playing Russian Roulette. I know that road very well and it is not a road that is safe to travel at any speed.

"The road itself is not designed to accommodate vehicles at that speed and you don't get to that speed by accident. That is an incredible speed."

In submissions on behalf of his client Mr Keith Carmody said his client had undertaken the Traffic Offenders Program at the PCYC and now understood the risks he was taking on the road at the speed he was travelling.

Mr Carmody said Mr Hamze was travelling home from Sydney with his wife after a medical appointment.

"He tells me that he does travel to Sydney often to take his wife down there," Mr Carmody said.

Magistrate O'Brien mulled over the facts and took into consideration the factors.

"What was he doing driving at that speed anyway? Did he have a death wish?" Magistrate O'Brien asked Mr Carmody.

"It appears he was just in a hurry to get home," Mr Carmody said.

Magistrate O'Brien was not happy with the reason given for the speed.

"At that speed he faced a serious chance of never getting home," Magistrate O'Brien said.

"It's one of the fastest recorded speeds I've ever seen in my time on the bench and now he says he understands the risk he put his life at.

"I hope that I don't then give him his licence back and he comes back as a coronial inquiry wrapped around a tree or a telegraph pole."

Magistrate O'Brien called Mr Hamze up to the witness box and questioned him finding his reasons for speeding unacceptable and compared the offence to a high range PCA.