Rider did 200km/h wheelie on wet motorway

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A motorcyclist who filmed himself doing a wheelie at 200km/h while overtaking cars on a Queensland motorway has copped fines worth more than $17,000.

Police who intercepted the rider on Tuesday used footage from his own helmet camera to prove what he'd done. They also later found a drug crop at his Sunshine Coast home.

In a staggering display of stupidity, the man captured himself doing a wheelie at 201km/h while overtaking cars in a 100km/h zone on the Sunshine Motorway.

He also filmed himself taking off and going through a red light, then performing a wheelie at 109km/h in a 60 zone.

Police seized his helmet camera when they intercepted the 27-year-old on his BMW motorcycle at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, after days of heavy rain fell across the region.

They later raided his Pacific Paradise home and found a grow room for cannabis and eight mature plants.

In total the man is facing 43 dangerous driving and riding offences after police reviewed all of the footage on his camera. He's also facing drug charges and will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on May 10.

His $17,500 in fines include 17 for speeding. Three of those are for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h.

The man's mind-bogging conduct came one day after a senior Queensland police officer said stupid motorists were "weaponising" their vehicles by driving in ways that defied belief.

On Monday, Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said Queensland was on track for its worst death toll in decades, and he pleaded with road users to stop behaving like idiots and end the carnage.

In 2019, 219 people died on Queensland's roads. That rose to 276 last year, despite coronavirus lockdowns keeping people at home. This year Supt Rohweder expects the figure could hit 300.