$800 fine for reckless driving

Benjamin Robert Eyles has been fined $800 for reckless driving.  (Unsplash )

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A FARMHAND who was filmed revving his vehicle and driving dangerously in a 50 kilometre zone has been fined $800.

Benjamin Robert Eyles pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Albany Magistrates court last Thursday.

Police Prosecuting Sgt Peter Yuswak told the court Mr Eyles was driving a Ford falcon along Nanarup Road at 6.30pm on April 5.

The offender spun the rear wheels of the vehicle causing excessive noise and smoke in the residential area.

The car then slid uncontrollably into a driveway before Mr Eyles reversed the vehicle and drove off.

There were two passengers in the car.

An off-duty police officer witnessed the incident and a local resident caught the act on camera.

The 21-year-old’s defence lawyer said her client accepts it was not appropriate behaviour and the charge is a wakeup call for him.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said the offender not only put himself in danger but also his passengers and those in the street.

“Once you have passengers your responsibility increases,” she said.

“The cowardly behaviour of driving off speaks a lot about your maturity.

“Adopt a more mature attitude in the future.”

Mr Eyles was ordered to pay $248.70 in court costs and is disqualified from driving for six months.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan granted him a spent conviction so he can “realise [his] full potential”.

“One hopes it’s been a learning opportunity for you,” she said.

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