by Amy Formosa
POLICE believe they may have prevented another fatal crash on the region's roads when they caught an allegedly drunk motorcyclist travelling at 173kmh between Hervey Bay and Maryborough during peak school time.
The 50-year-old alleged offender was clocked travelling at break-neck speeds on Thursday at 3.18pm in what Maryborough Road Policing Unit's senior constable Terry Parker called "a roadside fatality in the making".
The motorcyclist initially evaded police along Hervey Bay-Maryborough Road, however officers in an unmarked police car managed to pull the rider over on the same stretch of road near Dundathu.
By the time police breath- tested the motorcyclist he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.128%.
"It could have very well been one or more fatalities to add to the list," Snr Const Parker said. "
Speeds of 173kmh in anyone's language is extreme and to add to that he was intoxicated and evaded police... a major incident in the making," he said.
"It's a roadside fatality in the making."
The motorcyclist's dangerous behaviour comes at a time where six people have been killed on the region's roads in the last three weeks.
He was caught just three days after two people were killed and four others left in serious and critical conditions in a horrific head-on collision on the Bruce Hwy between Maryborough and Tiaro.
Four other people were killed in two separate incidents in the same week less than a month ago on the same stretch of highway between Tiaro and Gympie.
Caught speeding along the busy thoroughfare between the two cities, Snr Constable Parker said it put the lives of families at risk.
"There are a large number of parents and children commuting to and from schools around 3pm so it's a sensitive time of the day," he said.
Maryborough Police Sergeant Chris Farlow said it was ridiculous and selfish behaviour that could have ended in death.
"If the motorcyclist had have hit head-on, he could have killed himself and potentially other road users," he said.
The Maryborough man has been charged with evading police, type two high end speeding and drink driving.
He is due to face Maryborough Magistrates Court on May 10.