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Two speeding drug drivers to face court today

Two men will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning, Wednesday 26 August, after ACT Policing apprehended them in separate driving incidents in Canberra in the past 24 hours.

The first, a 27-year-old Reid man in a silver Toyota Corolla sedan, was directed to stop by police on Drakeford Drive, Greenway about 2.40pm yesterday, Tuesday 25 August. The driver accelerated away north along Drakeford Drive, and collided with a stop sign at Mortimer Lewis Drive.

The man was arrested, and lodged at the ACT Watch House. He will face court this morning charged with drug driving, failing to stop, not displaying L plates and dangerous driving.

The second driver, a 39-year-old Karabar, NSW man in a white Subaru Outback, was directed to stop by police on Ainslie Avenue, Reid about 2am today. The driver accelerated away onto Limestone Avenue, Anzac Avenue and Parkes Way at speeds of up to 149km/h.

The driver proceeded south on the northbound lanes of the Monaro Highway, where police deployed stop sticks. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later at a service station on Canberra Avenue.

The man was placed under arrest and taken to the ACT Watch House. He will face court today on charges of drug driving, possession of a prohibited substance, possession of a knife, failing to stop for police, unlicensed driving and dangerous driving.

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