Old Enough To Know Better

The impulse to perform a burnout in front of police in Noble Park has landed a 48-year-old man in court.

Members from Dandenong’s Achilles Taskforce, which targets high-risk driving, allegedly witnessed the man do a burnout at the intersection of Heatherton Road and Marshall Street about 1.45pm on Sunday.

Things worsened for the Noble Park man when his vehicle was inspected and found to have a home-made bonnet scoop and bald tyres, meaning his vehicle did not comply with registration standards.

Checks of his driver’s licence soon revealed he was subject to a zero blood alcohol restriction.

He was breath-tested and allegedly returned a reading of .176.

And when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, he allegedly returned a positive drug test to cannabis.

Police impounded his vehicle for 30 days at a cost of $913 and his licence was immediately suspended.

He is expected to be charged on summons with 10 offences including:

• drive vehicle cause loss of traction,

• drive vehicle cause unnecessary smoke,

• use vehicle not complying with registration standards,

• drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs,

• breach driver licence condition (zero alcohol condition)

Achilles Taskforce Sergeant Paul Holtzinger said this incident was the trifecta of risky behaviour while behind the wheel.

“To do a burnout at an intersection on a Sunday afternoon while allegedly both alcohol and drug-affected is extremely dangerous,” he said.

“Your reaction times are severely impacted, and it is so easy to lose control of your car and crash into another vehicle or pedestrian.

“This incident could have resulted in both the driver or another innocent person being seriously injured or even killed.”

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