A 17-year old P-plater will be without his driver’s licence for six months after breaking the speed limit by almost 80km/h and then offering up a cringeworthy excuse for his behaviour.

    Late on Sunday, May 26, Bankstown Highway Patrol officers detected a Volkswagen Golf R32 being driven at 138km/h in a 100km/h speed limit zone of the M5 Motorway in Riverwood.

    Police allege the Golf’s speed soon increased to 160km/h-170km/h while weaving through traffic, though he was stopped by the officers shortly after.

    While being questioned, the 17-year old allegedly didn’t own up to the dangerous antics immediately, claiming he was only speeding “because his mother was desperately unwell in hospital”.

    However, police allege his story unravelled and he soon admitted his mother was mad that he was out late.

    With no reasonable explanation for his actions, the P-plater was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h – reaching almost double the 90km/h limit for provisional licence holders.

    Provisional licence holders face fines of $2794 and six demerit points for breaking the speed limit by 45km/h or more.

    His New South Wales drivers licence was also subsequently suspended on the spot for six months, and his Golf’s registration was seized for three months.

    There’s no word on how much angrier his mum became after hearing about his driving offences.

    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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