WA cops admit ‘stuff up’ in car wash fine

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POLICE have admitted they “stuffed up” by fining a driver $50 for giving a window washer some coins at an intersection in Perth.

Luke Bresland had stopped at traffic lights in Subiaco in February when he was approached by a window washer.

After giving the man about $1.50 and driving away, Mr Bresland was pulled over by a police officer and told he had committed a crime.

“I said to the guy, look, surely you could caution me, because obviously I wasn’t aware, I know that’s no excuse … but also clearly I hadn’t actually asked him come and do it,” Mr Bresland told 6PR radio on Friday.

“He said he could give a caution, but on this occasion he chose not to. So I was actually quite flabbergasted.”

Mr Bresland decided to dispute the fine in court, but Traffic Operations Inspector Vic Hussey said the charge had been withdrawn.

“We had a chat with the officer and he reflected upon what he had done, and said ‘well, look, actually it probably was an exaggeration and that probably wasn’t the best way to address the issue’,” Insp Hussey said.

“Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don’t and on this occasion we stuffed up.”