An Albany man has accused police of putting the community at risk by allowing him to continue driving his pregnant wife to Perth airport after he was caught travelling at nearly 170km/h. Karan Sharma was heading north on Albany Highway near Williams on October 7 last year when policed clocked him at 168km/h. Sharma, who had his wife in the passenger seat of his Toyota RAV4 and a child in the back seat who was not properly restrained, was travelling from Albany to Perth. Police decided not to impound Sharma’s vehicle on the spot, instead issuing him with a seven-day surrender notice. After pleading not guilty to a charge of reckless driving of 155km/h or more, his case went to trial in Albany Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The court was told Sharma was driving so fast that the police car “shuddered” when he went past. Speaking as a witness via video link from Perth, Senior Constable Robin Townsend said it took him and his partner, Senior Constable Simon Hutchinson, “quite some time” to stop Sharma after they did a U-turn and activated their lights and sirens. Sen. Const. Townsend said they were told Sharma was on his way to Perth International Airport because his wife had to get a flight after receiving bad news. He said they issued him with vehicle surrender notice because they had a “duty of care” and it was not practical to take the vehicle and leave the family stranded in the “middle of nowhere”, about 20km out of Williams. However, in his defence, Sharma said police should not have allowed him to continue driving if they had caught him at that speed. He said he could have called roadside assistance or a taxi. He also queried why he was not fined for having a child passenger who was not properly restrained. “I think the duty of care is more important for the public instead of an overseas flight,” Sharma said. Sharma told the court he believed there had been a mix up and officers had the wrong driver. He argued that he would never have travelled at that speed with his family in the car. He claimed it would have been “physically impossible” for him to have been 20km out of Williams at 10.52am, when a receipt showed he had paid for fuel at a Williams petrol station at 10.44am. In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Raelene Johnston described Sharma’s evidence as “vague” and said the police radar reading was “prima facie evidence”. In response to Sharma’s comments that police should have taken the keys off him, Ms Johnston said police were “not keepers of people”. “It is a serious thing to be driving at that speed,” Ms Johnston said. “It is aggravated by the fact you had passengers in the car including a young child.” Sharma was fined $1300, ordered to pay $225 in costs and handed a six-month licence disqualification.