A Warrnambool student who did burnouts on campus during school hours has publicly apologised, stating he let his ego drive the vehicle.
The 19-year-old, who The Standard has chosen not to name because he did not receive a conviction, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to driving in a manner dangerous.
The court heard that at the time of the offending, the man was 18 and had obtained his driver's licence just two months earlier.
On April 26 last year, he drove to Emmanuel College in a blue Holden Commodore sedan about 2pm.
He entered a side gate and drove at a fast rate of speed into a courtyard, primarily used as a basketball court and thoroughfare.
He parked the car and began spinning its wheels before performing burnouts.
The court heard there were two students nearby.
The motorist then fled the school property before returning again at 3.25pm.
He conducted more burnouts, this time in the presence of several young pupils who were using the court as a walkway.
The court heard the motorist was not an Emmanuel College student but attended another secondary school in Warrnambool.
He told the court he had a day off at the time of the offending.
The teen was arrested on July 13.
On Monday, he told the court he obtained his probationary licence on the day of his 18th birthday.
He said his friend was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offending and that "nothing" possessed him to drive into the campus.
"I was driving by, saw that the side gate was open and yeah, just let ego drive the car really," he said, adding that he "couldn't really explain" why he returned to the school a second time.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said the motorist was lucky he didn't hit, injure or kill any of the students watching.
"You must have felt pretty grown up, going into a school yard and doing burnouts around a basketball court," he said.
"You know how serious this is, you've made a silly mistake".
Mr Stratmann said he would not record a conviction against the teenager but would suspend his licence for three months.
The teen was also fined $950.
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