Burn out outside police station

Last updated 14:06 08/01/2014

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A Northland man is in custody after doing a burn-out outside the Whangarei Police station while on his learner licence and breaching his bail.

Police said they gave chase after they heard the commotion outside their building.

The 27-year-old driver was arrested for the breach of bail and he was given $900 worth of tickets for sustained loss of traction, running a red light and breaching licence conditions.

Northland Road Policing Manager Inspector Murray Hodson said the man "could have killed or seriously injured a pedestrian when he ran the red light".

Hodson said he was also amazed at some of the speeds drivers had been caught doing this holiday season.
One driver was stopped at Oakleigh last week doing 142kmh on State Highway One.

He was instantly disqualified from driving for 28 days and was charged with dangerous driving.

On Friday, a man was caught doing 129kmh in an 80kmh zone leading from Whangarei.

He also lost his licence.

"It only takes a small obstruction on the road to send a car at that speed out of control. And that can only lead to disastrous consequences," Hodson said.

Hodson said the 4kmh speed tolerance was still operating.

"The majority of motorists are observing the speed limit and as a result we are having few serious crashes. But if some drivers keep flouting the speed limit then we will have a tragedy on our hands."

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