Goulburn man refused bail over Federal Highway speeding

Goulburn courthouse.
Goulburn courthouse.

A Goulburn teenager charged with driving at high speed on the Federal Highway while smoking drugs has been refused bail.

Charles Martin Clancy, 18, of Goulburn, has not entered a plea to seven charges, including police pursuit – not stop, driving at more than 45km/h over the speed limit, not wearing a seat-belt, reckless driving, not controlling a motor vehicle, not displaying P-plates and self administering a prohibited drug while driving.

Police alleged Clancy, with two occupants in his Mitsubishi Magna, drove past them at 150km/h on the Federal Highway at 11.50am on Saturday, while they were performing stationary speed enforcement.

Police caught up with the vehicle at Collector Bridge but claimed it accelerated away, reaching speeds of up to 180km/h.

They alleged the vehicle was undertaking vehicles in the breakdown lane in wet road conditions. Officers ceased following the vehicle due to the “dangerous driving.” 

A short time later, the vehicle collided with trees on an embankment. After receiving help from witnesses, police gave chase to the three occupants, who had fled on foot.

Clancy was later breath tested with a negative result. Police said a subsequent drug test proved positive.

He was charged and refused bail by police overnight on Saturday. The two juvenile passengers were released, pending further enquiries.

At a brief hearing in Goulburn Local Court on Sunday Clancy was again refused bail.

In court on Tuesday, the police prosecutor alleged Clancy had let go of the car’s steering wheel while he was driving to light and smoke a bong containing cannabis.

The prosecutor argued against bail, saying Clancy had breached a bond, breached bail, was at risk of offending further and that the community needed protection.

His solicitor said the defendant’s family was in court, these were his first offences as an adult and he was suffering health issues.

However Magistrate Geraldine Beattie refused bail and adjourned the matter until June 27.