Ben Wilson suspended and fined for hoon driving

A generic image of a hoon driver.
A generic image of a hoon driver.

​PENALTIES just keep coming for a P-plater caught spinning his tyres on an oil slicked Viaduct Road pedestrian crossing.

 Benjamin Wilson, 20, ​of Timor Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates court to careless driving.

He had already had his car impounded for a month​, which cost $1000 ​to get ​back.

In court Wilson's driver's licence was suspended for two months, he was fined $500 and ord​e​red to complete a safe driver program​,​ which costs more than $1000.

Police said that on February 12  police officers were in the Warrnambool breakwater area when Wilson accelerated his Holden sedan heavily on a pedestrian crossing which had been covered in oil. 

Wilson accelerated ​heavily ​for seven or eight seconds, spinning his tyres, which was heard and seen by police officers.

He initially denied doing the burnout but when told the officers had seen him commit the act, he said he had succumbed to peer pressure.

Wilson has a prior offence for drink driving for which he received an infringement notice.

Magistrate Cyn​th​ia Toose said Wilson previously received a wake-up call when he was fined for drink driving, but he clearly needed another one.

She said anyone who conducted themselves as he did in front of a group of young​ people faced significant penalties.

The magistrate said Wilson had to understand it was a privilege to drive and a clear message needed to be sent to the community that such behaviour would attract significant penalties​ in court​.

Ms Toose said that if Wilson was to return to court charged with driving offences​ he risked a prison term being imposed.