Crushed

June 21st, 2012 at 2:39 pm by David Farrar

This was Daniel Briant’s car. He proudly shows it off on his Facebook page.

And this is it now.

Stuff reports:

Constable Jason Andrews said on one occasion Briant was caught doing burnouts in the middle of State Highway 1 near Paraparaumu in front of an off duty police officer.

He was arrested as he tried to change his “shredded tyres” in the Burger King car park nearby.

Tolley said less than three hours after receiving his third strike from the court Briant was back behind the wheel performing a burnout.

He lost control and crashed into a fence. It is understood he and a passenger fled the vehicle on foot.

He was awaiting sentencing on that fourth offence.

He had already been found guilty of driving while suspended, sustained loss of traction and dangerous driving leading to a 21 month disqualification.

A perfect first case.

There were 116 people on their second strike. “Those who are not clever enough to heed the warning should be aware that their cars could be seized and undergo a radical change in shape,” Tolley said.

I suspect most of those will be careful not to go on and get a third strike.

Good to see the law pushed through by Judith Collins have an impact.

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39 Responses to “Crushed”

  1. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    The law should be backdated and only have two strikes

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  2. Manolo (13,768 comments) says:

    A bogan got his deserved punishment. What will the imbecile do without his jewel?

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  3. TheContrarian (1,085 comments) says:

    Hate to say it but this is a damned stupid law.
    Why don’t they sell them off instead?

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  4. magsta (393 comments) says:

    This is a wicked waste of resources.

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  5. RRM (9,920 comments) says:

    Owner is a dickhead – good job that he lost his car.

    Crushing cars that have already been confiscated from their owners is just a stupid waste of money though. Especially after man-hours have to be expended on removing the engine, transmission, diff and wheels first as those elements are too strong for the crusher.

    I heard the driver was out on the street again doing burnouts within hours of being handed down his third strike. And there are 100+ other dickheads on their second strike. So it’s debatable there ‘s any deterrent effect.

    Just a stupid, populist, DUMB publicity stunt on behalf of the National Party.

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  6. Griff (7,702 comments) says:

    Another stupid law that grants the police power to judge guilt. Sustained lack of traction or excessive acceleration are personal viewpoints and have no place in laws. I regularly suffer from sustained lack of traction towing the boat up the ramp and if I am in a hurry will accelerate quickly to the speed limit. Neither of these actions should leave me liable to have a ticket issued or result in the confiscation of my car.

    Why do idiots keep giving more power to police like this and the anti smacking laws Both of which are open to abuse by police

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  7. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    In the past we have seen what happens to confiscated cars that are auctioned, too – I seem to recall that some were simply purchased by someone on behalf of the original offender. How is that preferable to destruction of the car?

    I notice the wheels were removed from this car before it was crushed. Those big rims are quite expensive – maybe some parts were recovered by the wreckers first.

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  8. Griff (7,702 comments) says:

    So they just go and buy another car. if you crush theirs its just a fucken car like millions of others

    Stupid law made by stupid idiots for the mollification of fools

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  9. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    Another car that they might possibly have to throw $2000 of kit at to look the part. I guess it’s their choice to go broke – still no worse from the public’s perspective than paying $500 at a police auction to get your own rice burner back.

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  10. RRM (9,920 comments) says:

    Another car that they might possibly have to throw $2000 of kit at to look the part. I guess it’s their choice to go broke

    Set of skid rims with tyres – $400 on tardme.
    Cut springs – box of beers.

    There’s a reason RB-powered Nissans are the car of choice among a certain demographic; if you want to do skids and go moderately fast very cheaply then look no further than one of these things.

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  11. Puzzled in Ekatahuna (344 comments) says:

    The car could have been gifted (random selection) to a needy Samoan family in South Auckland – one whose kids are among those 230,000 New Zealand children whose well-being and future is compromised by poverty.

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  12. Griff (7,702 comments) says:

    Who gets the bits striped from the car?
    The moter mags etc have been removed thousands of dollars worth of parts
    Does anyone know ?

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  13. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    What absolute stupidity.

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  14. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    Auctioning the car off may not be an alternative, but surely stripping the car and selling the parts to recover some like court costs? Fines? I just see this an utter waster.

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  15. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    i saw a pic of the crushed car on FB. it got a lot of “likes”.

    great policy.

    if the conservatives were in power though, the boy racer would still be in said car..

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  16. graham (2,335 comments) says:

    Reading Daniel’s Facebook page, he’s not exactly the brightest lightbulb in the pack.

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  17. peterwn (3,272 comments) says:

    Griff – I think there is generally a 10 second threshhold for loss of traction to be ‘sustained’. A judge interprets the law according to its text and in light of its purpose. So momentary loss of traction during normal driving, or loss of traction on boat ramps etc would not attract the ire of the law. I am unaware of any ‘marginal’ cases where the driver seemed to be unfairly done by.

    Adze – AFAIK police will normally sell off conficated cars to best advantage. If it has illegal modifications presumably it would be ‘un-modified’ if cost is worth it, or disposed for wrecking only. This could include removing useful items and crushing it. The objective is to prevent a ‘souped up’ car getting back into circulation. If a car is involved in three ‘traction’ strikes, it is probably the type that should not go back into circulation – hence crushing.

    Similar problem with Asian fishing boats caught in NZ waters – Government conficates them then sells them, or returns them for a payment equivalent to scrap value. Aussies burn them out before selling them – an occasional spectacle in Darwin is seeing these boats moored off shore, valuable items removed then burnt before disposal for scrap. This was the case in 2002.

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  18. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    What does an owner care what the police do with the car once it is confiscated. A pointless waste of time and resource. Why not just sell them and put the money in the consolidated fund.

    Just to think we actually pay politicians to pontificate on this sort of stuff. Brilliant

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  19. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Good to see the law pushed through by Judith Collins have an impact.

    DPF do you really think that the crushing of a car is worse than the confiscation of the car in the first place?

    [DPF: yes it means they can't buy it back and it will have a powerful deterrent effect]

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  20. Griff (7,702 comments) says:

    peterwn
    I am under the impression that its a ticket just like a speeding ticket or similar So no court or judge unless you are up for a lawyer or time of work to attend court to dispute the ticket.

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  21. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    Got to say it. This is the first ever KB comments thread that seems to be completely without any idiotic comments.

    I’m going to spoil that by pointing out that the only people who think this is a good idea, are the grumpy elderly, and National cheerleaders such as Farrar.

    A disgusting waste.

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  22. Griff (7,702 comments) says:

    Bed Rater
    I agree The anti boyrace crap is the reason I can not stand banks. When are they going to make the scooter trash put mufflers on their stupid bikes. Most Harleys are way to loud and the law does not seem to be applied to them like it is to cars

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  23. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    What does it achieve?

    It’s just a very visual way of being seen to be Doing Something about getting boy racers off the streets.
    The public Demand Action on something they feel is wrong or unfair. Politicians/police have to be seen to be Doing Something about it.

    Seeing a car crushed is emotionally satisfying to angry members of the public who think that offenders are just getting “a slap on the wrist”. It LOOKS more like punishment/a deterrent than just confiscating it.
    Sends the message to the public “we’re getting really tough on boy racers”.

    Whether they boy racers get the message is anyone’s guess.

    >Good to see the law pushed through by Judith Collins have an impact.

    The crusher certainly had an impact on the car!

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  24. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Stupid policy.

    Confiscate it, strip it, and sell the parts. Do the same for the next one if he’s caught again.

    All win.

    [DPF: In fact that is what they do. The Govt sells them to the dealer, who strips them for parts to onsell, and crushes them.]

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  25. Martin Gibson (246 comments) says:

    Just kids having fun. Instead of indulging your amnesia about what it is like to have testosterone poisoning that drives you to impress chicks why not ask ourselves how we might better channel this energy that gets burned up at the moment.

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  26. Michael (909 comments) says:

    The car looks to be stripped of motor, suspension and wheels (at the very least). Probably all resaleable parts are removed prior to crushing. If this was done after seizure then the Crown will get the proceeds from the sale to the wrecker, the wrecker gets the profit from selling the parts. However, the crushed vehicle is no longer usable which means it can’t be passed onto another person who will cause mayhem on the roads.

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  27. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    Hope they got the beer out of the boot, that would have been real wastage.

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  28. Nostalgia-NZ (5,203 comments) says:

    Not very 17th Century. Surely the could have also hung the car first, drawn and quartered it before flattening it. A bit of holy water and incantations wouldn’t have gone astray either.

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  29. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Not very clever.

    Lowers the Minister’s status to that of the kid, while giving the kid a chip on his shoulder about cops and politicians.

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  30. JohnM (7 comments) says:

    Too right Nostalgia-NZ. We should make sure groups of young cars are taken to see the public crushings – it’ll help scare them straight. And we need to ensure the crushed car’s soul burns (but doesn’t burn-out) in hell, by denying absolution before execution.

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  31. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Waste of a vehicle, useless scrap man didn’t even take the lights, windscreens, etc off. Money there.

    A better idea would be to wind the engine back to normal, get rid of the bling wheels, etc, & sell ‘em off cheaply (couple hundy to couple K) to decent low wage working folk…I could do with another car at the mo…ha.

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  32. freemark (580 comments) says:

    Great to see the piece of shit rice burner crushed, and without a doubt some of the other layabout car worshipping idiots may think twice about losing theirs. As for giving or selling it cheap to the poor families in poverty.. it will become just another excuse for an emergency grant from WINZ to keep on the road. I do think we should make the offending owner disassemble the vehicle and separate/recycle any parts to pay for the costs of prosecution, and crushing, then force him/her to do Community Service of scraping body parts from the scene of car accidents.
    Easy, cost recovery, lessons taught, a bit of humiliation and humility. Who on here hasn’t had their or loved ones’ lives threatened on the roads by these antisocial dorks.

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  33. rg (214 comments) says:

    I also would like to know what happened to all the valuable parts of the car, in the picture it looks pretty stripped out, no wheels, suspension, front bumper, grille etc, all gone. They should all have been crushed, where are they?

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  34. graham (2,335 comments) says:

    The kid already had a chip on his shoulder about cops – read his Facebook page.

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  35. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    I can’t see a great deal of deterrent in crushing the body-shell.

    Now if they had left the kid in the car ………

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  36. wreck1080 (3,915 comments) says:

    This guy and his mates hate the police judging by their language in FB. What a loser.

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  37. duggledog (1,557 comments) says:

    Good job. Watch the policy work as the boys worry about losing their plumage.
    Now – when are we going to start on leaf blowers?

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  38. mpledger (425 comments) says:

    It’s kinda ironic that such a wonton waste of resources (do you know how much energy it takes to make a car) happened at the same time as the Rio Summit (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development).

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  39. jday (1 comment) says:

    Wow, what a lot of opinionated people out there, hopefully you all know Daniel personally or have an inside scoop on the whole shebang. Should’nt we make make sure our lives are perfect before we comment on others and start name calling?
    Surely all the ‘haters’ are’nt that old to remember being testoreone fuelled teens themselves and seriously does’nt this all come down to luck at whether you get caught or not? Why are’nt the laws the same for the drink drivers that continuosly get caught?
    I think the punishment has outweighed the crime and Daniel has paid his price, now friggin leave the kid alone and worry about more serious issues

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