A sprained right ankle did not slow down Samuel Lee when he got behind the wheel of his dad's new high performance Nissan Skyline, with three friends egging him on.
He gave in to temptation when he pulled alongside an Audi sports car at traffic lights on one of Wellington's broad quays on a Saturday evening in May.
And an officer in a marked police car in the queue of cars behind them was on hand to see.
At Wellington District Court today Lee, 20, a machine operator of Upper Hutt, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously.
Prosecutor Mark Wilton said on May 4 Lee was walking with crutches after spraining his ankle. Lee's father had just bought the Nissan and Lee was driving it with three friends in the car.
On a road that was damp in places he pulled away from one set of lights to reach 70kmh on Wakefield St.
On Jervois Quay he was in the centre of three lanes at the intersection with Grey St.
To his right was an Audi sports car and among the cars behind them was a police car.
The lights turned green and the Audi and the Nissan drove off slowly but when they were about 20m from the lights both cars began to race, Mr Wilton said.
They accelerated hard as the road changed to Customhouse Quay, and both cars were checked doing more than 90kmh.
Lee continued to speed up before pulling suddenly into the right lane so he could pass cars in front of him in the centre lane.
By the time he drove through the Whitmore St intersection the Nissan was checked doing more than 110kmh.
With the police car behind him now having its lights and siren going Lee slowed and pulled over by the railway station.
Lee was asked if he had any explanation for what happened. "Not that I can think of," he reportedly replied.
Lee's lawyer Liz Hall told Judge Stan Thorburn that Lee should probably not have been driving at all with a sprained ankle.
He had three friends egging him on.
Lee had already suffered the initial 28-day licence suspension for people caught in such circumstances.
Judge Thorburn disqualified Lee from driving for another six months, and added a $500 fine and court costs of $132.89.
He also made an order prohibiting Lee from having an interest in a car for 12 months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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