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Licence celebration costly

A 16-YEAR-old’s celebratory lap around the block after gaining his learner licence ended in a police pursuit, the Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday.

Clinton MacDonald pleaded guilty to not stopping his vehicle when directed, dangerous driving, driving without supervision and not displaying his learner plates.

The unemployed Pottsville teenager will now have to wait another two years before he can apply for a licence again.

He will also pay $476 in fines.

Police said MacDonald reached speeds up to 50kmh over the speed limit during the two-minute pursuit, which ended on Tweed Coast Road.

MacDonald’s solicitor, Phil Mulherin, said the teenager had just received his learner licence and decided to go for a lap around the block.

When MacDonald saw police he “panicked” and the chase ensued, Mr Mulherin said.

While police said MacDonald broke the speed limit by 50kmh, they gave no indication of what the exact speed was, Mr Mulherin said.

Magistrate Michael Dakin told MacDonald his offences carried a possible jail term.

“Have you got the message? That is how serious it is,” Mr Dakin said.

Since the incident MacDonald’s family has sold the car.

While MacDonald is a juvenile, traffic offences are dealt with in the adult court.

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