Teenager doing burnouts on Toowoomba CBD street cops fine
DOING burnouts on Toowoomba’s CBD streets on a Saturday night in full view of a police patrol was not the brightest thing this teenage driver could have done.
It was the second time in just over a year that Jackson Rex Royston Michalas had been caught doing burnouts on Toowoomba streets, the city’s Magistrates Court was told.
A police foot patrol had seen the 19-year-old’s black sedan pulled up at the traffic lights at the corner of Neil and Margaret Sts about 9.50pm, Saturday, January 2.
When the light turned to green, the teenager had revved his car’s engine before screeching its tyres, causing smoke to billow up as he completed a burnout and drove on, police prosecutor Tim Hutton said.
He was then seen to do a U-turn and approach the same lights, doing a second burnout not long after, he said.
Not content with that, he had done another U-turn and performed another burnout which created smoke on the street which was busy to foot and vehicle traffic at the time, Sergeant Hutton said.
The self-represented Michalas pleaded guilty to wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke.
Sergeant Hutton told the court having a driver’s licence was a privilege and not a right and submitted that the teenager’s licence be suspended as a result.
Michalas offered no excuse for his behaviour, telling the court “I don’t have any reason for doing it”.
Acting Magistrate Lisa O’Neill noted the teenager had no criminal history but he did have “quite a bit” of traffic history including a previous similar offence for which he was fined $417 in January 2019.
Ms O’Neill said she had thought of disqualifying Michalas from driving but because that might impact his job as a diesel mechanic she had decided not to do so.
She fined Michalas $500 with no conviction recorded.
Originally published as Teenager doing burnouts on Toowoomba CBD street cops fine