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Sparks ignite fire

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March 19, 2017

A small fire was started after sparks from a truck, believed to be due to a mechanical fault, ignited dry grass on the side of the Hume Fwy, near Avenel. This occurred about 7pm on March 3.

●Benalla Highway Patrol has interviewed a driver after he was first detected speeding along the Hume Fwy, near Avenel.

It is alleged the Notting Hill man was driving a Holden Commodore at more than 190km/h before he was intercepted near Balmattum on March 4.

The 40-year-old is expected to be charged with numerous offences including reckless conduct endangering serious injury, dangerous speed and unlicensed driving. His car was also impounded.

●A solo rider, aged 32, is expected to be charged on summons after he refused to accompany police back to the police station for an evidentiary breath test. The Queensland man was intercepted at the intersection of Wimble and Oak streets about 3am on March 10 and gave a roadside preliminary breath test reading of .193.

●Power tools including generators and compressors were stolen from a storage depot in Delatite Rd, Seymour, after the chain was cut from the front gate and locks forced on the shed where the tools were stored.

This occurred sometime between March 3 and 6.

●Residents of a house in Tarcombe Rd, Seymour, scared off a would-be thief after they heard noises coming from their front yard about 8.45pm on March 6. A man had lifted up the tailgate of the utility parked under the carport.

He fled on foot after being confronted by the residents.

He was wearing white shorts and a dark singlet.

●A driver was trapped in his car following a single-vehicle collision on the Hume Fwy at Tallarook about 8am on March 5.

The car was travelling north when it veered off the road, struck some trees and rolled over.

A 38-year-old Seymour man, the only occupant of the car, was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital.

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