A Rotorua grandfather who
crashed his $90,000 Corvette Dragster on a Rotorua industrial
street has admitted a charge of dangerous driving.
Michael Roger Carlton, 57, appeared in the Rotorua District
Court yesterday on a charge of driving in a dangerous manner.
His lawyer Brian Foote said Carlton was a father and
grandfather who was "extremely embarrassed" to be appearing
before the court.
Mr Foote said Carlton had purchased the car in bits over
several years and put it all together.
He first drove it on a drag strip but on the day in question
he made the "stupid" decision to test it on Tallyho St, where
he lost control of the vehicle.
Mr Foote said since the crash Carlton had gone "out of his
way" to put things right,
The car, worth $90,000, was wrecked and sold for parts and he
had paid over $13,000 to fix another vehicle he damaged while
racing as well as a donation to emergency services.
"He learnt a huge lesson."
According to the police summary of facts, which was not read
out in court, Carlton accelerated heavily and lost control
crashing down a small bank off the main road.
He then reversed out and sped over a distance of about 200m
before crashing into a stationary vehicle which had one
person in it.
Although the vehicle was damaged, nobody was injured in the
Community Magistrate Sherida Cooper said the victim had
written a letter supporting Carlton.
He was convicted and disqualified from driving for six
months. He was also ordered to pay $130 in court costs.
- By Rebecca Malcolm of
the Rotorua Daily Post