Gympie police warn hoons they could lose their vehicles
HOONS be warned: Gympie police have had enough and will get you.
Gympie police officer-in-charge Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves threw down the gauntlet yesterday after police impounded a silver Holden ute that was seen doing a burnout on Brisbane Rd last Sunday.
An officer saw the ute pull out on to Brisbane Rd from Smith St in a cloud of smoke about 2.30pm, sliding sideways and almost losing control.
When stopped by police on Thursday, the driver admitted to the offence and was given a notice to appear in Gympie Magistrate's Court on February 7.
Snr Sgt Reeves said the owner was responsible for the towing fees as a result of the impoundment along with any monetary penalty applied by the court.
He said he was sick and tired of the small group of recidivist hoons in the Gympie area and encouraged all police to have a zero tolerance to that kind of behaviour.
"I am looking forward to applying to the court for vehicle forfeiture and seeing some of these cars off the road for good," he said.
"This is an example of how you can be seen at any time and at any place.
"Just because you are not pulled up by police straight away doesn't mean your vehicle could not end up on the back of a tow truck."
First offence: Vehicle impounded for 48 hours.
Second offence: Vehicle impounded 48 hours. Court application for additional three-month impoundment.
Third or more offence: Vehicle impounded 48 hours. Court application for vehicle to be forfeited.