Police alarmed at high-speed hoons

A second report of dangerous hooning at the weekend has alarmed Tasmania Police.

A driver clocked at 147km/h in a 110km/h zone on Sunday only stopped because the engine of his Nissan Pulsar blew at Campania.

The speedster in the green Nissan hatchback follows the arrest of another hoon, caught with an alleged speed of almost 200km/h at Brighton on Saturday.

Sergeant Simon Clayton, of Sorell police, said yesterday that the male driver from the Campania incident was still at large.

He said the instance of two high-level speedsters in one weekend came as a shock.

"In my experience, it's getting a little bit more regular," Sergeant Clayton said.

"People seem to think they can just drive at high speeds.

"It's putting other lives at risk."

He said the Nissan driver behaved dangerously, with witnesses reporting the man overtaking on blind corners and on the inside of the road, where there was no space.

The hoon's trip in the green hatchback started at Perth, on Sunday.

Police detected him speeding on the Midland Highway, just outside Ross, about 4pm.

The man evaded police and they lost sight of him.

Police spotted the Nissan again and it continued to evade them at Oatlands, later on Mudwalls Road, and then at Colebrook.

The driver tried to evade police at Campania, but he blew his car's engine and fled on foot about 5pm.

Sergeant Clayton urged any witnesses to call police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

The latest police statistics show that statewide, between July 2013 and March 2014, excessive speeding between 15km/h and 30km/h over the limit, increased to 10,762 offences from 8234 in the previous year.

However, in the higher range category of at least 30km/h or over, including vehicles clamped or confiscated for speeding 45km/h or more over the limit, these offences decreased from 695 to 523 in the current period.

Email: ctang@examiner.com.au

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