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"Stupid Hoons"

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

    May 7, 2004
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    Hickory, N.C.
    Internet home movie helps nab hoons

    20 October 2005 [​IMG]By SEAN SCANLON

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police have nabbed a group of "stupid hoons" after the men posted uncensored footage of their dangerous driving antics on the internet.[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Investigators fielded complaints from as far away as Britain after the young men uploaded the film to the web. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The three-minute film was taken in July and shows a modified Subaru Impreza WRX racing up and down McAlpine Street in the Christchurch suburb of Sockburn, performing 360deg spins and burnouts before crashing into a tree. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]At one point the car almost collides with another motorist driving in the opposite direction. Smoke pours from the car's tyres as it tears along the street. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Once the car crashes, several young men are caught on video running to check the occupants and push it down the road. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]James William White, 20, appeared in court yesterday charged with reckless driving after the film, which featured the car's number plate, prompted complaints from throughout New Zealand and overseas. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]White pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 120 hours community work and was disqualified from driving for nine months. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The Canterbury road policing manager, Inspector Derek Erasmus, said several people were involved in the incident, which could only be described as "stupid". [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]During the film, the car heads straight for a small group watching and filming from the side of the road. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Someone could have been killed, Erasmus said. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"They always say in a rally, 'Don't stand on the outside of a corner', and that's where these guys are standing," Erasmus said. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"We looked at a lot of different charges, but our legal advice was we could get them for reckless driving." [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Erasmus said the vehicle could not be seized because White no longer had it. White had denied posting the film on the internet. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"Members of the public recognised the street and police were able to track down the owner of the car through the registration seen on the internet and identified the driver through analysis of the film," Erasmus said. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"He was the author of his own demise. If you perform a criminal act, we shall pursue you." [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]It was not known if a cellphone or camera was used for filming. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"This film shows we are dealing with people who have no regard for their own safety or anyone else's," Erasmus said. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police files show complainants could not believe what they saw. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]One wrote: "People like this are stupid and irresponsible, after all they filmed this and put it on the net, I feel sorry for the person in the other car that must have got a hell of a fright, I think that they should be taught a lesson, thanks in advance for your time." [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Another said: "It's of some guys in a WRX doing some stupid acts of driving here in Christchurch and I know exactly where the video was taken. They end up crashing and you can get a good ID of the number plate. [/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"I was wondering if you can get these guys for anything, as these are the muppets that make legit WRX owners like myself have a hard time in the public eye." [/font]

  2. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

    Mar 30, 2002
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    Serves the idiot right.

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