Hotel patrons act on burnout display

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012

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A Timaru youth might need to learn the meaning of inconspicuous after his Saturday night performance.

The 18-year-old, who had previously been forbidden from driving, was not only driving, but chose to do a burnout in full view of the patrons of the Makikihi Hotel - who phoned police.

A breath test showed the youth had also been drinking and he now faces charges of drink-driving, sustained loss of traction and driving while forbidden, Constable Gareth Oudemans, of Waimate, said yesterday.

The youth had not been drinking at the hotel but at a nearby private address before the incident around 10.20pm.

The vehicle he was driving, which belonged to a friend, was impounded.

Mr Oudemans praised the action of the hotel patrons in immediately contacting police as he said all too often people tell the police of such incidents much later, making it that much more difficult to locate the offender.

While the patrons were able to identify the type of vehicle they were not able to identify the driver, which could have been interesting as there were five young men in the vehicle when Mr Oudemans located it. In spite of that, the youth readily admitted he had been the one driving.

A 19-year-old Waimate youth will also face a drink-driving charge after he changed his mind and attempted to drive home.

Mr Oudemans had seen the man walking through town about 20 minutes before he saw a vehicle driving out of a hotel car park around 4am yesterday. On stopping it, he found the driver was the pedestrian he had earlier seen.

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- The Timaru Herald

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