£3,500 fine and ban for young driver 'showing off'

A YOUNG motorist who was ‘showing off’ doing handbrake turns in a residential area in the early hours has been fined £3,500 and banned from driving for 18 months.

Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30589751)
Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30589751)

Owen du Feu, whose driving was captured in mobile phone footage, admitted the charge of dangerous driving during a hearing in the Magistrate’s Court recently.

Du Feu (21) also pleaded guilty to riding a moped without a valid licence or insurance.

Legal adviser Jordan Gollop, prosecuting, said the police were called to Route Orange in St Brelade in November by members of the public worried about his ‘antisocial driving’.

The court also heard that police had stopped du Feu riding a moped in Mulcaster Street last month. His licence for the vehicle had expired five days earlier.

Mr Gollop said: ‘He became angry and threw the moped down. The officers then noticed that there were no insurance details displayed.’

Advocate James Bell, defending, said of the dangerous driving: ‘Mr du Feu was out in the early hours of the morning. Most people would be in bed.’

The footage of the handbrake turns did not clearly show the driver’s face but the Advocate pointed out that ‘in interview Mr du Feu candidly admitted that he was the driver, so his admission was very valuable for the prosecution’.

He added that du Feu believed his car licence entitled him to use the moped as well. And he said: ‘He has learnt from the experience and wishes to assure the court that nothing like this will happen again.’

Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris said the moped offences might have been an oversight but that he regarded the dangerous driving offence as ‘showing off’.

‘It is not clever. It is dangerous, it is disruptive and it is a nuisance.’

Imposing the fine and the ban he added: ‘Please do not be tempted to drive while disqualified. That would be a serious matter for which you would face immediate imprisonment.’

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