Whitby driver fined for rac­ing ‘test’

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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.

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