Mandurah hoon cops dangerous driving charge

A BURNOUT put one man in hospital and cost another his licence for a year, it was heard in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Ryan William Kopp pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

The police prosecutor told the court Kopp was at the lights on Pinjarra Road and Sutton Street at 12.25pm in August.

When the lights changed, Kopp did a burnout in his Holden commodore. While accelerating, he crossed to the wrong side of the road and hit the victim’s camper van.

The victim was trapped in his van and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services was called to free him.

He was taken to hospital where it was discovered his right femur was broken.

Kopp had passengers in the car. The duty lawyer told the court Kopp was lucky nothing more serious happened.

“He wilfully engaged in this manner of driving,” she said.

“It was wet and he tried to regain control. When he came to, he tried to assist the driver.”

Kopp had the car for 18 months and it was written off in the accident.

Magistrate Anne Longden said the accident was a combination of poor judgement, a wet road, inexperience and a powerful car.

Kopp was placed on a community based order for six months with supervision and program requirements.

His licence was suspended for a mandatory 12 months.

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