V8 burnout costs driver his car
A YOUNG driver will have plenty of time to ponder his actions after police impounded his car for three months.
A highway patrol officer was conducting inquiries in the industrial estate off Orlando Street at noon on Saturday when he couldn’t believe his eyes.
He saw a V8 Holden VS Commodore Club Sport shoot into GDT Seccombe Close with its engine revving loudly and drift sideways.
Following closely behind was a V8-powered VX Holden Commodore also being driven erratically.
The officer gave chase and stopped and interviewed both men.
The driver of the first car, a Toormina man, 22, was forced to surrender his car for 90 days due to his history of alleged offences.
He was also slapped with a $516 fine under the road transport burnout laws and will have to pay impoundment fees for his vehicle, police said.
The driver of the other car, a Coffs Harbour man, 22, was fined $344 for negligent driving.
Senior Constable Scott Jackson from Coffs Harbour highway patrol said the incident should serve as a warning to other motorists who contemplated foolish behaviour.
“This was a stupid thing to do. This spur-of-the-moment thing could have led to disastrous results,” Const. Jackson said.
“It could have resulted in death not only for them but for others members of the public.”