Wimmera speeding record: Man reaches 220kmh in high-speed chase

A WESTERN Australian man has been charged with reckless conduct endangering life after allegedly speeding at 220 kilometres an hour in the Wimmera.

Horsham Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Heath Martin said it was the highest speed the unit had recorded on the region's roads all year.

He said police encountered the 2002 SS Holden Commodore travelling at 143kmh on the Western Highway at Lawloit about 9.45am on Thursday.

"Once police tried to intercept the vehicle the driver sped away, overtaking another car and driving over a painted traffic island," he said.

Leading Sen Const Martin alleged the car sped up to 220kmh.

"Then a short time later the driver pulled over and was arrested," he said.

"He underwent a roadside drug test, which tested positive to methamphetamine."

Samples have been sent to Melbourne for forensic testing.

The Western Australian man, 45, has been charged with reckless conduct endangering life, travelling at dangerous speeds, drug driving, evading police, driving without a licence, and speeding.

He will face Horsham Magistrate's Court next month. 

Last year, Horsham Highway Patrol caught a man who could be the Wimmera's highest speed offender for 2013 on the last day of the year.

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