Man charged af­ter al­leged burnout fest

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An al­leged hooning in­ci­dent in sub­ur­ban Kar­ratha on a week­end evening has re­sulted in a man be­ing charged with reck­less driv­ing.

Pil­bara traf­fic po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged in­ci­dent on the Gal­braith Road and Blinco Road in­ter­sec­tion, di­rectly be­fore Peg’s Creek Pri­mary School, on the evening of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

Last week they charged a 26year-old Kar­ratha man with one count of reck­less driv­ing.

Po­lice will al­lege he was the sin­gle driver of a brown-coloured Toy­ota LandCruiser util­ity when he drove around the in­ter­sec­tion on and off be­tween 6pm and 6.30pm, do­ing burnouts and cre­at­ing a dis­rup­tive amount of noise and smoke that cov­ered the whole street.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rob Mal­colm said they had been able to lay charges, thanks to de­tailed wit­ness ac­counts from res­i­dents of sur­round­ing prop­er­ties.

He said these sub­ur­ban streets were a par­tic­u­larly un­usual set­ting for al­leged hoon driv­ing.

“There’s never a good time or a good place to go hooning, but to do it at 6pm on a res­i­den­tial street in front of kids in an area that’s fairly densely pop­u­lated with hous­ing, it’s never go­ing to end well,” he said.

Black tyre marks and shreds of rub­ber were still clear on Gal­braith and Blinco roads days af­ter the al­leged in­ci­dent.

The al­leged driver is due to ap­pear be­fore Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court next month.

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