From inside a car during a burnout, all drivers can see is smoke.
From inside a car during a burnout, all drivers can see is smoke. Annie Perets

'Hooning' blamed on pokie loss

TRAVIS Michael Arnold, 24, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday after being caught hooning while over the zero alcohol limit required by his provisional licence.

The court heard Arnold was pulled over earlier this month after doing a "fish tail" manoeuvre out of the Glenmore Shopping Centre car park.

When questioned by police about the incident he told them he had lost $200 on the pokies that night and was upset about it.

Arnold was also given a breath test, returning a reading of 0.042.

He admitted to police he had drunk five to six scotch and coke cans earlier that night with his last drink being approximately an hour ago.

When asked by Magistrate Cameron Press if he had anything to say on the matter, the defendant said he "didn't agree" that he was fish tailing but couldn't "argue the point".

Mr Press addressed the defendant calling him a "hoon" and asked him when he was "going to grow up?".

Arnold was fined $400 for 'hooning' with a three month driving disqualification and a $450 fine for drink driving with an additional three month disqualification.


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