Lucky escape for alleged drunken hoon

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Adam PoulsenGeraldton Guardian

Geraldton police say a 17-year-old motorist and his three passengers are lucky to be alive after the youth crashed his car into a power pole while allegedly drunk and hooning.

Police said the crash happened about 6am last Saturday when the Mount Tarcoola youth lost control of his Holden Commodore sedan on Levy Street, Rangeway.

He was taken to Geraldton Hospital with a suspected broken ankle and to undergo a blood test after allegedly failing a roadside breath test.

Two 14-year-old male passengers were also taken to Geraldton Hospital for assessment, while the third, a 14-year-old girl, walked away unscathed.

Acting Sergeant Stu Parsonage said police believed the youth was hooning before the crash.

“Marks on the road indicated he had smoked the tyres and lost traction,” he said.

“It appears the vehicle swerved to the right onto the Levy Park grassed area, has then attempted to drive back towards the road, and as a result lost control and crashed into the power pole.”

Act. Sgt Parsonage no charges had been laid and police were awaiting the results of a blood test.

Police are asking for anyone who saw a gold Holden Commodore sedan driving in the area before the crash to contact Geraldton Police Station on 9923 4555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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