Funeral burnout driver loses licence

00:46, Dec 12 2012

A boy racer who did burnouts at a friend’s funeral has lost his licence for a year.

Jake Tyrrell, 19, unemployed, of Trentham, was disqualified from driving for six months on charges of sustained loss of traction and dangerous driving.

He was disqualified for a further six months for driving while disqualified and also fined $800 when he appeared at an Upper Hutt District Court sitting in Lower Hutt  today.

Police charged Tyrrell and two other boy racers after footage was posted on the internet showing several cars doing burnouts on the road outside Akatarawa Cemetery as a funeral tribute to 22 year old Troy Kahui.

Judge Pat Grace said the attempt to acknowledge a friend was not safe. Tyrrell had put himself and others at risk.

Tyrrell’s lawyer Val Nisbet said he acknowledged what he did was foolish and against the law. 

He had a previous conviction for the same offence but emotion took over and that was why he participated.

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