19 June 2020

Police seize vehicle after burnout posted to Facebook

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A 21-year-old Palmerston man will face the ACT Magistrates Court after being caught performing burnouts in Mitchell last month.

On Monday January 21, police received a complaint of a red Holden Commodore performing burnouts in the Gungahlin area.

Later that day, police viewed footage of a vehicle matching the description performing a burnout in Baillieu Court, Mitchell.

The footage had been posted by the registered owner of the vehicle to his Facebook account.

Police seized this vehicle after a burnout video was posted to Facebook.

Police subsequently identified and seized the vehicle. The man will face court on March 12.

Last night (Tuesday February 5) police also seized a white Holden Commodore utility after the driver performed a burnout in Benjamin Way, Belconnen. This driver will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Acting Superintendent of Traffic Operations Rod Anderson condemned the behaviour.

“This type of anti-social conduct has no place on Canberra roads. Our community won’t tolerate it, and neither will police. We’ll use every measure at our disposal to deter hoons – including seizing their cars” A/Supt Anderson said.

Under Section 5 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, police may seize vehicles for offences of street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving. Vehicles can be seized for up to 90 days for a first offence and may be seized and forfeited to the Territory for a second offence if so ordered by the court.

Police urge anyone who witnesses anti-social or dangerous driving to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

Courtesy of ACT Policing.

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