P-plate motorbike rider caught doing ‘wheelies’ near Melbourne airport gives bizarre excuse to police

A P-plate motorbike rider gave police a bizarre excuse when he was pulled over allegedly doing “wheelies” near Melbourne airport.

Police observed the alleged dangerous driving in Tullamarine at about 7pm on Friday and intercepted the 22-year-old rider.

When asked by police why he was doing wheelies, he allegedly told them he was “just practising”.

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The motorbike was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $878 and the 22-year-old is expected to be charged on summons with intentional loss of traction.

A few hours later, the same police officers were called to a separate incident involving another P-plater who was allegedly driving 168km/h on the Tullamarine Freeway, which has a 100km/h speed limit, and received another odd explanation.

After noticing the Ford Focus travelling at the speed, they tracked it to a petrol station in Pascoe Vale.

The tyres on the car were worn down to the cording and upon asking the 18-year-old driver why he was allegedly driving 168km/h, he said he was “running late to meet friends”.

His car was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $873 and he is expected to be charged on summons with driving at a dangerous speed, exceed speed limit, driving an unsafe vehicle and other traffic offences. He also lost his licence for 12 months.

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