I’m no hoon, says driver of Chaser

THE YOUNG driver of a 2.5 litre turbo Toyota Chaser he had imported from Japan has faced court for his third burnout offence.

But Luke David Hersey swears he is not a hoon.

Hersey, 21, blamed his previous offences, the latest conviction in July last year, on a noisy exhaust and a U-turn that made his tyres screech.

But the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that during the latest incident, on February 8, police watched as Hersey’s car “accelerated heavily” before losing traction at an Urraween roundabout.

The wheels spun and thick smoke was seen coming from the vehicle as it turned into Boat Harbour Drive, prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said.

Hersey this time blamed wet road conditions for his charge of wilfully making unnecessary noise or smoke.

“I’m not a hoon,” he said.

“I don’t drag people around.”

Hersey was convicted and fined $800 but did not lose his licence.



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