Speeding 'show-off' crashed car on bend

A 20-year-old meatworker crashed his car on Bluff Hill after showing off and driving at excessive speed.

Raymond Douglas Frederick Davidson-Nunns appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for driving dangerously at Bluff on June 7.

He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for eight months.

The court was told Davidson-Nunns was driving a car, carrying four passengers, down Bluff Hill when he approached a right-hand bend. He braked heavily causing the wheels to lock and the vehicle to skid. It skidded for 32 metres before hitting a gutter. The car continued skidding and became airborne and hit other objects.

Two passengers were taken to Southland Hospital by ambulance.

Davidson-Nunns told police he was unfamiliar with the road and may have been driving too fast for the corner.

The judge told Davidson-Nunns he had some growing up to do and hoped he would reflect on his manner of driving while he was disqualified. "You were showing off, driving down Bluff Hill at excessive speed."


Mary Louise Milnes, 46, was sentenced to three months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on March 20.

The Southland Times