Driving at 175km/h: L-plater in Orange Hospital after stolen car crashes

POLICE are waiting to speak with a man after a stolen car crashed at Forbes.

Police allege a white 2009-model Toyota utility was stolen from outside a hotel in Young on Thursday night and driven at speeds of up to 175km/h.

The man was arrested after the ute ran off the road at Forbes about 8.35am on Friday.

He was taken to Forbes District Hospital before being transferred to Orange Base Hospital for further testing, however police have been told his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The man, from Young, had his licence suspended and will be issued with a Future Service Court Attendance Notice for the offences of illegal use of a conveyance, drive in a manner dangerous, being an unaccompanied learner and not display L-plates.

Despite this, police are heartened by the statistics returned for day two of Operation Tortoise, with 64,597 people breath-tested and 58 drivers charged, compared to 2013 when fewer breath test were conducted (59,050) but more than double the number of drivers charged (136).

More than 111,000 tests have been conducted since the State-wide operation began at 12.01am on Thursday.

It finishes at 11.59pm on Monday.

It is part of a two-week campaign and continues with ‘Operation Go Slow,’ which concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday, April 27.

Double demerits will be in force for speeding, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences throughout both operations.

“With the high-visibility operation now underway I am surprised yet again that people risk drink-driving or speeding,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“The consequences of being charged can be life-changing for a driver’s personal life, family and career. If it is worse – and someone is hurt – the outcome can be tragic.

“We urge drivers to think about how their behaviour may impact on another person or family."

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