Driver fined for pulling ‘doughnuts’

A MOTORIST has been convicted of careless driving after police spotted him ‘doughnuting’ at a busy Bolney roundabout.

Martin Hughes, 26, of Boundstone Lane, Lancing, pleaded guilty to careless driving at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 26.

He was ordered to pay £327, and had five penalty points put on his driving licence.

On Friday, June 7, 2012, road policing officers on patrol noticed tell-tale black rings of tyre rubber deposits on the roundabout at Bolney which connects the A23 with the A272.

As they approached the roundabout they also saw an old 3-series BMW stop next to a second unknown vehicle which was on the north exit of the roundabout.

Suspecting the vehicles were responsible for the drifting rubber tyre deposits, the officers drove past the vehicles in their unmarked car.

After less than a minute the BMW accelerated away, revving its engine hard with tyres screeching, and drifting into a hand-brake-turn manoeuvre around the roundabout several times before exiting to the A272 where the officers stopped it.

The car tyres were hot and sticky and very close to the legal limit, and smelt strongly of burning rubber.

The car was fitted with a specially-adapted hydraulic handbrake.

PC Ian Upperton said: “This irresponsible practice is a hazard to other road users, both because of the risk of collision at the time, and because the road surface can be damaged.”