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Reckless driver burns rubber

BURNING RUBBER: Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell points to the resideue of shredded rubber behind the rear wheel arch of the offender's car. 
Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
BURNING RUBBER: Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell points to the resideue of shredded rubber behind the rear wheel arch of the offender's car. Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times

SCHNAPPER Street residents were in for a shock when a reckless driver decided to perform burnouts and fishtails on the normally quiet suburban street behind Cannonvale Beach.

At 2am on Sunday, Whitsunday police received multiple calls regarding a 2005 Hino Ranger doing burnouts that left more than 100 metres of skid marks on the road. Officer in charge of Whitsunday Station Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell said the noise was enough to wake up the entire neighbourhood with several people witnessing the behaviour of the 21-year-old male driver.

"He lost control at one point and mounted the gutter," Sgt O'Connell said.

Police caught up with the man at his home where he was arrested for dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to provide a specimen of breath.

"Due to the large number of witnesses it'll probably take the next week to 10 days to take all witness statements," Sgt O'Connell said.

The man's vehicle has been impounded and he will appear before the court at a later date.


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