ACT Policing has seized and impounded a purple Ford Falcon utility after footage of the vehicle doing burnouts in Amaroo was posted on Facebook.
Last Friday evening (26 April) the registered owner of the vehicle, a 19-year-old man from Chisholm, posted the video to their Facebook account.
The video, recorded earlier that same day, depicts the Ford Falcon performing burnouts in a public carpark off Horse Park Drive, near Amaroo School playing fields.
Station Sergeant Jeff Knight said, “Police were able to identify the vehicle from the footage and contacted the registered owner. The vehicle was subsequently seized and impounded at the Exhibit Management Centre.”
Under Section 5 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, police may seize vehicles for offences of unauthorised 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 ordered by the Courts.
“This is just one example of the role social media now plays in policing.
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,” said Sergeant Knight.
The driver of the vehicle will be summonsed appear before the ACT Magistrates Court next month.
If you see any anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving in your area, contact ACT Policing Operations immediately on 131-444.