Youth driver given 'eye-watering' fine

Last updated 14:11 27/06/2012

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A 20-year-old man caught driving at 180kmh in a 100kmh zone has been given what a judge called "a fine that will make his eyes water".

Rick Jones was seen by police driving on Meannee Road, Napier, at 11.25pm on June 8.

He turned into Tannery Road, a 100kmh zone, then accelerated hard and was clocked by police at 162kmh. He did not stop after police flashed their red and blue lights and then accelerated to 180kmh and continued to speed away.

Jones then sped into Bill Hercock Street, a 50kmh zone, at 120kmh. He left his car and went into his house, where police apprehended him.

Jones appeared in Napier District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop. He had no previous convictions.

Judge Geoff Rea said he could have a sentence of community work or a fine that would make his eyes water.

Luke's lawyer Mike McAleer had a brief discussion with him then said he would take the fine.

Judge Rea fined him $1250 and ordered him to pay $132.89 court costs. He was also disqualified from driving for eight months.

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