An L-plater clocked driving an unregistered Holden ute at a hair-raising speed of 253km/h on the highway has been branded the ‘most dangerous man in the state’ by a furious judge.
L-plater could lose her license for five years after clocking 253k/h Tarelle Power-Williams drives an unregistered car on the highway Magistrate says she is ‘the most dangerous person in the state’
A learner driver is serving time behind bars after driving an unregistered black Holden ute at 253km/h on a highway.
Tarelle Lewis Charles Power-Williams pleaded guilty to driving 143km/h over the speed limit on the North-South Motorway at Waterloo Corner in Adelaide on January 30.
Magistrate Benjamin Sale described the 20-year-old as ‘the most dangerous person in the state’ during sentencing at the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.
‘Doesn’t he only care about his own life or the lives of others?’ he asked the youth’s defense lawyer, Andrew Williams.
Power-Williams admitted to ‘driving as advertised’ when police caught him two kilometers from speeding.
Terrell Lewis Charles Power-Williams (pictured) drives a black Holden Camel at 143km/h over the speed limit in Adelaide
The Smithfield man pleaded guilty to a range of offenses including fleeing from police pursuit, driving an unregistered vehicle and breaching bail (pictured, black Holden UT)
The UTA’s gearbox exploded while Power-Williams (pictured) was behind the wheel, the court heard.
The court heard his gear box exploded while Power-Williams was behind the wheel, the Adelaide Advertiser said.
The Smithfield man pleaded guilty to a range of offenses including fleeing from police pursuit, driving an unregistered vehicle and breaching bail.
He pleaded guilty to charges in a separate incident in November 2021 in which he drove a stolen car on the wrong side of the road at 80 km/h on a suburban road for 18 minutes.
Magistrate Sale said Power-Williams appeared to have ‘no regard for his safety or that of anyone else’ as the court heard he ‘aggressively’ careered across three lanes.
Magistrate Sale said, ‘In the fashion I heard he was driving, he was probably the most dangerous person in the state at the time he was driving.’
‘It’s not just being, as he describes it, ‘being a dickhead’, but it seems offensive which often only ends in one way if he keeps doing it either he kills himself or he kills somebody else.’
Mr Williams told the court the young man was ashamed of his behavior and took risks without thinking of the consequences.
But Magistrate Cell asked Mr Williams why his client had made a conscious choice to drive at extreme speed.
‘Doesn’t he only care about his own life or the lives of others?’ he asked.
Magistrate Sale also questioned whether the risky behavior was his idea of fun.
Her lawyer said she was driving under the supervision of her career-criminal father when she was pulled over for speeding in November 2021.
Mr Williams told the court his client was trapped in ‘a self-destructive cycle’ of economic hardship, mental health challenges and ongoing unemployment.
He added Power-Williams was influenced by drugs, alcohol and negative peer-pressure.
Defense lawyer Andrew Williams said Power-Williams (pictured) was young and immature which told magistrates his client was likely to be ‘a risk to the community for many years to come’.
A psychiatric report released to the court found that Power-Williams had a difficult upbringing marred by her parents’ drug use which made her sensitive.
Mr Williams said his client was young and immature which told the magistrate his client was likely to be ‘a risk to the community for many years to come’.
Prosecutor Lorne Matthews asked the court to disqualify Power-Williams for ‘five years until further order’ and to serve a prison term.
Magistrate Sale said it would be a long time before the youth could drive again.
Power-Williams, who remains in custody, will be sentenced next week.