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Bridal party pays for mad moment

The driver of this classic 1968 Chrysler Valiant was one of 10 people to have his vehicle impounded over the past week.
The driver of this classic 1968 Chrysler Valiant was one of 10 people to have his vehicle impounded over the past week. Allan Reinikka

A BEAUTIFUL Capricorn Coast wedding took a slightly dramatic turn on the weekend, with the celebrations caught up in tough anti-hooning legislation.

Police got a surprise when they pulled over a 31-year-old male doing burn-outs in Cooee Bay.

As the officer sidled up to the 1968 Chrysler Classic, he found the backseat occupants were not a bunch of teenagers, but rather a bride and her bridesmaids.

Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater, of the Rockhampton District Traffic Branch, said the driver of the vehicle was charged and the vehicle towed away.

"The bridal party was leaving the reception centre at Cooee Bay and did some burn-outs and it just happened to be in front of police," Snr Sgt Findlater said.

"The bridal party wasn't too happy.

"But the police did allow the bridal party time to take a photo of the car being towed away."

Although the wedding party did go on to celebrate the special day, police are not as joyful about the number of cars being impounded.

In the past week, Rockhampton Police have temporarily impounded 10 cars and made applications to impound five of those for longer periods.

Under the anti-hoon legislation, cars are not necessarily impounded for a first offence but are confiscated for 48 hours for a second offence.

For a third offence, police can make an application for a three- month confiscation, and for a fourth offence an application can be made for the vehicle to be permanently forfeited and sold off by the state government.

 

CAUGHT

  • In 2012, Rockhampton Police have made 23 applications for vehicles to be impounded compared to 25 in the same period last year.
  • Police don't usually make an application for a car to be impounded for more than 48 hours until the third offence

Topics:  hooning rockhampton police



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