BENDIGO police caught a young driver performing a 'wheelie' only two weeks after he obtained his probationary licence, a court has heard.
The 18-year-old man fronted the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to the offending.
The court heard on May 30 this year, a police officer was speaking to a driver on Lockwood Road in Kangaroo Flat when he heard tyres screeching.
The officer looked up to see the 18-year-old performing a wheelie near Carpenter Street.
The teen was instructed to pull over, which he did. The 18-year-old told police he had put his foot down too hard on the accelerator.
The court heard the teen only obtained his probationary licence two weeks before the incident.
The officer chose not to impound his vehicle and handed him an infringement notice. But the 18-year-old chose to challenge the notice in court.
Defence lawyer Neil Thredgold said it was "dodgy family advice" that led the 18-year-old to contest the charge rather than just accept the fine.
Mr Thredgold said his client had a rocky start to his driving record, with the teen now suspended from driving for a separate speeding offence.
The defence lawyer submitted the 18-year-old should not be convicted because he was a young man with no prior convictions.
"He is not a clown or a hoon," Mr Thredgold said.
Magistrate Russell Kelly said the 18-year-old had learnt the hard way what was unacceptable on the road.
Mr Kelly fined the teen $300 without conviction.
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