When we first saw this video of a bloke ripping a burnout in front of a marked ACT Police car we thought it was fake. How the 31-year-old man from Chisholm, Australia, didn’t notice the marked police car 2-metres off his bumper we’ll never know, but the ensuing smoke screen almost made for the perfect getaway should the vehicle in question not be a 79 Series Toyota Landcruiser producing a mere 151kw from its 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine. You’re better off conceding the court summons.
The infringement occurred at 5.50 pm on Friday, 16 September 2022, while police were on patrol in Gilmore. As you can see from the video below, the vehicle pulled out from where it was parked, came to a stop, and then performed a burnout in front of the marked police car for approximately 20 seconds.
While the indestructible Landcruiser has no business turning the tires like this for 20-seconds – it’s no XR6 Turbo – we’ll give the driver credit for not lifting until the lights and sirens woke them up. According to the narration, the video was planned, and the recording bystander did make a half-arsed attempt at warning the driver but it was simply too late.
It turns out that doing a burnout in front of the cops is one thing, but doing so while drunk is another. The Toyota driver found out the hard way when he blew a breath sample of 0.151 – a reading that is more than three times the legal limit.
As a result, his license was immediately suspended and his vehicle seized. The driver was also charged with drunk driving and the improper use of a motor vehicle. We’d like to throw stupidity into the mix there too, c’mon cobber.
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