Pay for damage, teen told

A teenager driver who damaged a letterbox and crashed into a power pole has been told she needs to pay for the damage she caused.

After Rose Violet Kennedy, 19, pleaded guilty in the Hawera District Court this week to charges of wilful damage and sustained loss of traction, Judge Tony Couch told her she needed to save her money between now and her next court appearance.

"You have to pay for that damage completely," the judge said.

The New Plymouth woman caused the damage in Hawera on May 2. Kennedy was driving a car along Reid Ave, with two passengers at about 4.45pm.

After hitting the kerb while performing a drift manoeuvre, she has repeated the same move at the other end of the street. However she lost control of the vehicle and hit a power pole.

She then drove to an associate's address and deliberately ran over the letterbox before driving away again. A more serious charge of dangerous driving was withdrawn by police.

Couch remanded the defendant on bail to re-appear on August 26 to allow police time to finalise the reparation figures.

During her appearance, Kennedy also pleaded not guilty to a charge of wilful trespass and was further remanded to the Hawera District Court on September 16 for a case review hearing.

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