The car that escaped the crusher. Photo by ODT.
The first boy racer car ordered to be destroyed under tough
new laws escaped the crusher after a police blunder.
Karn Clarrie Forrest, of Milton, became the first person in
the country to have his car ordered confiscated and crushed
under new boy racer legislation.
Police have confirmed to the Otago Daily Times the car
- a 1982 Toyota Corolla DX - was not crushed due to a
''deficiency in the police process''.
Mr Forrest was charged after police saw him doing two
doughnuts on State Highway 1 near Milton on September 29,
His Toyota was impounded for 28 days, but before his court
appearance he swapped the ownership of the vehicle with a
van, and the plates with a stripped vehicle.
He received his third conviction for driving with sustained
loss of traction on December 12, 2011.
Following that, the ODT took a photo of a stripped
vehicle parked in Mr Forrest's driveway with the registration
KS6755 - the registration of the vehicle ordered to be
While awaiting final orders for the car to be crushed, a
Dunedin scrap metal dealer noted the chassis identification
number did not match the seized vehicle.
In April 2012, police confirmed the car had been subject to a
Mr Forrest could not be reached for comment, but when
contacted about the matter in April 2012 told the ODT
''I don't really feel like talking to you''.
Police have confirmed Mr Forrest was able to change the
ownership of the vehicle ''due to a deficiency in the police
process in the early stages''.
Police acknowledged an officer failed to issue a notice
prohibiting the sale or disposal of the vehicle when Mr
Forrest was charged, or before his vehicle was released from
''At the time of these events, this legislation was
relatively unused in Southern. Police staff are now aware of
the need to issue such notices in similar circumstances,''
the spokeswoman said.
In April 2012, Inspector Greg Sparrow, of Dunedin, said
charges were pending in relation to how the vehicle was dealt
with. However, a police investigation had since established
no offence had been committed.
''The court was unable to order that the vehicle be destroyed
because Mr Forrest no longer owned it.''
Mr Forrest received 150 hours of community work and was
disqualified from driving for 13 months.
Following his third conviction, then police minister Judith
Collins told the ODT crushing the Toyota would ''send
a very strong message to illegal street racers that police
are serious about stopping their reckless and dangerous
behaviour on our roads''.
Questions concerning the matter were referred to Police
Minister Anne Tolley, who replied, ''Southern District Police
are aware ... the process should have been handled
''I would expect that the same thing will not happen again.''
Boy racer offences had halved since the legislation was
introduced so it was ''clearly having a very positive
''The goal is not to crush cars but to see less dangerous and
antisocial behaviour, so that our roads are safer for
Since the introduction of the legislation, illegal street
racing offences had dropped 49.6% between 2009 and 2013, and
53.2% in the Southern district during the same period.
Three cars had been crushed during that time.
The Sentencing (Vehicle Confiscation) Amendment Act
• Allows vehicles to be seized and destroyed as a new penalty
for illegal street racing.
• Allows vehicles repeatedly used by people with overdue
traffic fines to be seized and sold to pay those fines.
• Enables police and courts to target illegal street racers
who commit offences in another person's vehicle.
The Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Act
• Allows local authorities to create bylaws that prevent
vehicles repeatedly cruising city streets.
• Allows compulsory impoundment of vehicles involved in
illegal street racing.
• Introduces demerit points for noise offences, licence
breaches and registration plate offences.
SOURCE: NEW ZEALAND POLICE