Driver of crashed su­per car fined

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A global soft­ware ex­ec­u­tive has been or­dered to pay $500 af­ter the McLaren su­per car he was test driv­ing crashed and flipped on Auck­land’s north­west­ern mo­tor­way.

Heng Loon Chee, 57, pleaded guilty to a charge of care­less driv­ing and was sen­tenced to pay the fine, as well as $150 in court costs and at­tend a de­fen­sive driv­ing course.

Chee was orig­i­nally charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing af­ter he crashed the su­per car on April 22, 2017, but the charge was re­duced.

Chee was test driv­ing the ve­hi­cle with a pas­sen­ger when he lost con­trol and col­lided with a bar­rier on the mo­tor­way be­fore it flipped on its roof just af­ter the Pt Che­va­lier on­ramp.

The pas­sen­ger said Chee was driv­ing at be­tween 110 - 120kmh in a 50kmh zone, the pros­e­cu­tion said.

The pas­sen­ger was un­in­jured and Chee suf­fered cuts to his hands and head.

He was sen­tenced at the Auck­land Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day.

His lawyer said Chee had no ex­pe­ri­ence with the su­per car and made an er­ror of judge­ment.

Chee lived in Auck­land and a charge sheet listed him as a ‘‘sales man­ager’’ but his LinkedIn pro­file said he was an ex­ec­u­tive at com­puter com­pany Dell EMC, part of the soft­ware gi­ant Dell Tech­nolo­gies.

MAARTEN HOLL/FAIR­FAX NZ

The crash is the sec­ond of a McLaren in NZ in less than six months, a McLaren F1, pic­tured, crashed in Queen­stown in De­cem­ber 2016

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