An 18-year-old Wanniassa man had his vehicle seized and faces a serious drink-drive charge after an incident in Tuggeranong on Saturday night (December 29).
Around 10.34pm, ACT Policing General Duties officers were on a routine patrol when they witnessed a silver Holden Statesman sedan performing a sustained burnout at the 7-Eleven petrol station at the Wanniassa shops.
When police approached the vehicle, the driver jumped from the car and ran. A short time later police apprehended the driver, who was then given a roadside screening test. The test returned a positive result.
The driver was taken into custody and later returned a Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA) reading of 0.130. As the holder of a probationary driver’s licence, he was subject to a zero alcohol content.
The driver’s licence was immediately suspended and he will be summonsed to face court at a later date. His car also was seized by police and will be impounded for 90 days.
Under section 5 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, police may seize vehicles for offences of street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving. Vehicles can be seized for up to 90 days for a first offence and may be seized and forfeited to the Territory for a second offence if so ordered by the court.