Bendigo man fined for doing burnout while drunk in mother's car in front of police on Pall Mall

The man did a burnout in front of police on Pall Mall in his mother's car in the early hours of the morning, while drink driving three times the limit.
The man did a burnout in front of police on Pall Mall in his mother's car in the early hours of the morning, while drink driving three times the limit.

A BENDIGO man who did a burnout on Pall Mall in front of police while drink driving in his mother’s car has been convicted and fined in court.

Michael Nicholas Peters, 27, pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday to multiple charges.

He was spotted doing a u-turn at the intersection with Mitchell Street at 2.55am on September 26 last year, before performing a burnout that lasted 10 seconds.

Police pulled him over at Farmers Lane where he was breath tested, recording a reading of 0.166 – more than three times the limit.

His licence was immediately suspended.

Peters told the court he had no excuse for his actions.

“I’ve got nothing to say,” he said.

The court heard Peters had borrowed the car from his mother, and would now face difficulty in finding his way to work without a driver’s licence.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrell said it was a dangerous act.

“0.166 is a very high reading,” he said.

“It was 2.55 in the morning and you decided to do a burnout, putting yourself at risk and the innocent people on the road. All for what?”

Peters was convicted and fined $1200. His licence was cancelled for 18 months from September 16 last year.