Police car damaged at boy-racer gathering
A Feilding police car had its back window smashed when a bottle was thrown at it during a ''boy racer'' gathering in Bulls.
Feilding sergeant Grant Lawton said the officer was attempting to drive down Speedy Rd in Bulls, where about 200 cars had gathered to do burnouts, about 1:45am on Saturday.
The bottle was thrown by an unknown person and smashed the car's rear window.
The officer, who was not injured, was unable to track down the culprit and the entire gathering of cars left the scene within five minutes, he said.
Mr Lawton said problems with boy racers were ongoing in the region. Gatherings were usually organised by text, which made them hard to track down. Most of the boy racers scattered when police arrived.
He said the problem with the gatherings was the disturbance they caused and the huge amounts of rubbish they left behind.
In August, Palmerston North police held a month-long boy racer crackdown, handing out 158 infringement notices for minor offences, 23 traffic offence notices for more serious action, and 40 warnings.
A further 23 cars were impounded and 25 given green stickers, requiring them to be kept off the road until they were repaired to a safe standard.
People taking part in boy racer gatherings could be charged with public disorder or sustained loss of traction if they were caught doing burnouts.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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