Here is Daniel Briant’s car, from his Facebook page before he got his third strike:
And this is it now:
And the poor little tool is having a big boo hoo to his mates on Facebook:
The first car to be crushed under boy racer laws has been given a Facebook memorial.
The car was flattened this morning in Lower Hutt when police minister Anne Tolley used a remote control to trigger the Aljon Impact Five car crushing machine at Macaulay Metals.
The law it was crushed under – the Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill in 2008 – was passed by National last term and earned Cabinet minister Judith Collins the sobriquet “Crusher Collins”.
Tolley told Parliament’s law and order select committee yesterday the car belonged to a “silly young man” who had been convicted of driving offences four times.
It was understood the driver of the vehicle was Paraparaumu Beach digger operator Daniel Ronald Briant, 19.
Briant created the memorial page after yesterday expressing his fears for the “Laurel”.
He posted a cover photo of the car in full burnout mode on Facebook. “Long live the Laurel,” responded one friend.
It took 49 seconds and 150 tonnes of pressure to crush the car.
Walking over to the foot-high lump of metal today, Tolley said it was “pretty effective”.
“It’s pretty graphic sort of consequences. If you’re a car lover that’s pretty devastating.
“It would be devastating for me if it was my car, but I don’t hoon around neighbourhoods doing wheelies.”
The Minister then stood defiantly atop the wreckage, posing for media photos.