A NINETEEN-year-old man who fish-tailed a ute in front of the police has tried to blame the incident on a mechanical fault.
Reece Smith had no licence and was driving an unregistered vehicle in November when he was heard revving his engine loudly on Goondoon St.
The rear of the car swung to the right, then back to the left before nearby police pulled him over and impounded the car.
Yesterday, Smith pleaded guilty to three charges including making unnecessary noise.
He told Magistrate Mark Morrow a mechanical fault was to blame.
At the time of the incident, Smith told police he had needed to use the handbrake to control the vehicle and this had made it fish-tail.
But Mr Morrow was not convinced and asked: "Why shouldn't I take your driver's licence?"
"A mechanical fault doesn't stop you from driving properly.
"You need to think about things before you go and do silly things in front of police.
"Do it again and I will take your licence off you."
Smith was fined $900 and a conviction was recorded.