Hoon loses his car and licence

A DRIVER who was caught hooning twice in three days had his car and licence stripped from him this week.

Austin Walker Leathaby fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with two counts of wilfully making noise and smoke with a motor vehicle.

The court heard that Leathaby, 22, was pulled over on Boat Harbour Drive on July 27 after police saw him spinning his tyres in peak hour traffic.

His car was impounded for 48 hours as a result but on July 30, Leathaby was pulled over in Denmans Camp Road.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said Leathaby had been doing burnouts which were causing white smoke to the extent that officers could not make out the vehicle through the cloud.

She said he had potentially put the lives of other motorists at risk.

Defence lawyer Justin Geldard said his client was “well and truly” aware of the ramifications of his behaviour.

He said Leathaby had been fired from his job which was, ironically, at a tyre shop and didn’t want to be without a car when his partner gave birth to their child in October.

But magistrate John Killeen said his sentence needed to act as a deterrent for “like-minded hoons”. Leathaby’s vehicle was impounded for a further three months.

He was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Hoon Laws

Police have the power to impound a vehicle if its owner has committed any type of hooning offence.

Vehicles can be impounded for up to 48 hours and police an make an application for the period to be extended.

Acts classed as hooning include burnouts, lapping, drag racing and playing music above accepted noise levels.

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