Ute impounded after burnouts on Facebook

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POLICE have impounded a 19-year-old man’s car after he posted footage of himself doing burnouts on his Facebook page.

A car performing burnouts at Summernats 25.
A car performing burnouts at Summernats 25.
The video, which appeared on the Chisholm man’s Facebook account last Friday night, showed the purple Ford Falcon utility doing burnouts in a carpark off Horse Park Drive near the Amaroo School earlier that day.

Police were able to identify the utility by its registration and contacted the owner, who was later identified as the driver in the video.

“This is just one example of the role social media now plays in policing,” says Station Sergeant Jeff Knight. “With mobile recording devices readily available, incidents such as this are being recorded and posted on social media websites more frequently. Many social media sites are not private and footage is readily available to the public and to the police.”

Vehicles used for unauthorised street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving can be seized for up to 90 days for a first offence, and can be permanently confiscated by the ACT Government for a second offence.

The driver will be summonsed appear before the ACT Magistrates Court next month.

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