Dylan Michael Hethorn pleaded guilty to a series of traffic offences which included a dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charge. Photo: Contributed
Dylan Michael Hethorn pleaded guilty to a series of traffic offences which included a dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charge. Photo: Contributed Contributed

L-plate hoon crashes car after attempting to drift

A LEARNER driver narrowly missed slamming his car into two children as he lost control of his vehicle while hooning in a residential street.

The driver, Dylan Michael Hethorn, wasn't able to avoid crashing into two parked cars though, knocking one of the vehicles off the road and into a front yard.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to a dangerous operation of a vehicle charge as well as four other traffic offences.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Hethorn had recently purchased a Nissan Skyline and offered to take his mate for a spin on September 19.

During the afternoon ride, Hethorn raced through a residential neighbourhood in Brassall at high speed and performed a series of burnouts.

As he was taking a corner at speed, the teenager lost control of his car and ploughed into the two parked vehicles.

Sgt Dick said the force of the impact pushed one of the vehicles - a ute - off the street and into a front yard.

The Brassall L-plater sped off in a panic and drove his damaged car home but immediately returned to the scene to provide his details to police.

Hethorn told police he had been carrying too much speed to take the corner, and decided to hit the accelerator in an attempt to 'drift' into the corner and avoid an accident.

Sgt Dick said the out-of-control vehicle "narrowly missed" hitting two young girls who were playing in their driveway.

Hethorn told police that he realised it had been a dangerous decision to try to perform the drifting manoeuvre, given his inexperience on the road.

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said Hethorn had agreed to pay the $3000 worth of damage caused to the victims' vehicles. Ms Oxley said her client planned to raise the money by selling his Skyline.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum sentenced Hethorn to 180 hours of community service and disqualified him from driving for six months.

"Sometimes I wonder if learner drivers at your age should be allowed to buy cars," she told Hethorn.



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