NewsMail - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Irby ross.irby@news-mail.com.au

HOON driver Alexan­der Robert­son won’t be smokin’ the bi­tu­men any time soon af­ter he was busted by po­lice who seized his num­ber plates.

An ap­pear­ance be­fore a Bund­aberg mag­is­trate burned a hole in his pocket with Robert­son scor­ing a $403 fine.

And his ears were left smok­ing af­ter mag­is­trate Belinda Mer­rin la­belled his driv­ing an­tics as “reck­less, dan­ger­ous, stupid”.

Robert­son, 21, pleaded guilty be­fore the court to wil­fully mak­ing un­nec­es­sary noise and smoke on Sun­day, Au­gust 27.

Prose­cu­tor, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Tina Bland said po­lice were called by West Bund­aberg res­i­dents who com­plained about driv­ers in Ge­orge and Pow­ers streets do­ing burnouts.

Two cars had been seen do­ing burnouts that af­ter­noon and one resident showed of­fi­cers a phone video that de­picted two cars caus­ing noise and smoke as they drove through the in­ter­sec­tion.

One was a dis­tinc­tive dark Ford Fal­con and the other a Holden ute.

The video showed the Ford with smoke com­ing for its rear tyres, and the ute lose trac­tion with smaller amounts of smoke.

Snr Cnst Bland said po­lice at 10.30pm that day saw the same Ford and spoke to Robert­son who ad­mit­ted be­ing the driver.

Robert­son at first de­nied do­ing the burnout but when shown the video told po­lice he didn’t think the burnout had been that big.

Robert­son told them he was do­ing it “to get re­venge” for a mate who had been hurt by a girl who lived nearby.

He was also on a late night re­stric­tion for a pre­vi­ous like of­fence.

“It is an ab­so­lute ridicu­lous rea­son,” Ms Mer­rin told the of­fend­ing driver, ask­ing him if he had any­thing to say.

“The night be­fore we did a burnout down the road a bit fur­ther,” Robert­son said.

“My friend did one. I did one af­ter him.

“My plates were taken 90 days I lost my li­cence. Got an­other fine.”

“You were driv­ing reck­lessly, dan­ger­ously, stupidly,” an unim­pressed Ms Mer­rin said, fin­ing him.

Alexan­der Robert­son has lost his li­cense plates and copped a fine af­ter plead­ing guilty to sev­eral charges.

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