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Licence goes up in a smokey haze

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May 10, 2018

A STANHOPE man has lost his licence for a month after doing a burnout.

A STANHOPE man has lost his licence for a month after doing a burnout.

James William Head, 25, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to driving a vehicle causing loss of traction.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Head was approaching a cul de sac in Long Gully when he accelerated hard and turned, causing smoke and the rear wheels to spin.

He then continued to do burnouts for about 15-20 seconds.

A mobile phone captured his actions and uploaded it to Facebook, Snr Constable Rennie said.

Representing himself, Head told the court ‘‘I was just having a bit of fun on New Year’s Eve’’.

‘‘It was stupidity. It was not the smartest idea on my behalf,’’ he said.

Magistrate John Murphy said New Year’s Eve was a particularly bad time on the roads.

‘‘People get killed,’’ he said.

‘‘Cars are not toys and roads are not playgrounds.’’

Mr Murphy convicted and fined him $500 and suspended his licence for a month.

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