Tired truckie clocked at 45kmh over

A ROGUE truckie who rocketed through central Coffs Harbour at 45kmh over the speed limit told horrified police he'd slept in and was running late.

At one stage of his race against the clock, the Tasmanian 41-year-old reached a whopping 105kmh on the Pacific Highway overpass at Arthur Street.

“He's obviously one of these truck-driving cowboys,” Coffs Harbour highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Brett Jackson said.

“He was lucky not to have been involved in a crash. However, he is an exception to the rule.”

Luckily, two highway police who had just finished their shift and were headed home saw the northbound semi hurtling through town and followed him.

They estimate it hit 80kmh outside the Plantation Hotel, then 85kmh at the Bailey Centre, 95kmh at Wentworth Avenue, 105kmh at Arthur Street, 90kmh at the Big Banana, 100kmh at West Korora Road and up to 115kmh between Sapphire and Woolgoolga, where police were waiting for him.

Officers also allege the truckie was tailgating cars and they feared he could come to grief at any moment.

Police arrested and charged him with dangerous driving and speeding but he returned a negative breath test.

The man was also breached for not completing his work diary for eight-and-a-half hours and was grounded at Woolgoolga for a mandatory rest break.

He will face Coffs Harbour Local Court next month.

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