Whitby driver fined for racing ‘test’
A Whitby driver claimed a 300- metre race witnessed by police was just him taking his car out for a test.
Jaryd Askew, 19, pleaded guilty of racing a vehicle when he appeared in Porirua District Court last week.
Police prosecutor Lisa Thomson said that on January 22 police saw Askew racing another car on State Highway 1, just after the Paremata on-ramp.
She said he accelerated quickly and passed four or five vehicles that were travelling at the speed limit.
Askew’s passenger waved an arm out the window to encourage the following vehicle. The car followed three or four metres behind and appeared to jostle for position within the lane.
Police estimated Askew was driving at about 120kmh to 130kmh during the race.
Askew, who works as a labourer, told Judge Walker the facts were ‘‘fair enough’’.
‘‘It was silly and I can’t take it back now,’’ he said.
Judge John Walker convicted Askew and disqualified him from driving for six months.
He was fined $ 400 and ordered to pay $130 court costs.