Driver ‘no danger’: Man admits to doing burnouts in Langtree Mall

A MILDURA man who admitted doing several burnouts in the Langtree Mall close to pedestrians last month has denied his actions were dangerous.

Andrew James Watts appeared briefly in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court by video link yesterday where his matter was adjourned to September 3 for mention.

Watts has been in custody since the incident on July 6 when he drove his Mazda sedan onto the paved area of the mall and performed a number of burnouts.

Police alleged his actions amounted to reckless conduct which endangered life, however the accused yesterday told the court he was not dangerous “at any time”.

The magistrates’ court was last month told Watts drove the car along Eighth Street and into the mall where there were more than 50 people including children and families.

Police alleged the vehicle fish-tailed into the mall and narrowly missed six youths by one or two metres before he performed burnouts and donuts in front of numerous witnesses.

The court was told the events were captured on CCTV and police were inundated by telephone calls from people in the area.

The police prosecutor said Watts, 27, had his licence suspended eight days before the incident after he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.106 while riding a Honda “postie” motorcycle, and was subsequently caught driving while suspended after that incident.

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