Burnout driver banned for life

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Patrick Zarman Dayton Troye McCallum appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Camera IconPatrick Zarman Dayton Troye McCallum appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday. Credit: South Western Times

A Donnybrook man has been disqualified from driving for life after doing a burnout outside the local police station in what was the 26-year-old’s latest in a string of driving offences.

Patrick Zarman Dayton Troye McCallum appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday when he was due for a pre-sentence order review.

But instead magistrate Evan Shackleton chose to sentence McCallum after the review showed he was being compliant with conditions and he had obtained work.

McCallum previously pleaded guilty to one count each of reckless driving and having no authority to drive over the January 19 incident.

Police first spotted McCallum driving on Union Street in Donnybrook about 3.45am when it was discovered his licence was previously suspended due to unpaid fines.

The same vehicle was seen being driven by McCallum on Bridge Street where he performed a 40-second burnout outside the Donnybrook Police Station.

Closed-circuit TV footage showed McCallum’s car leaving the road and mounting a side walk outside the police station with a “large” amount of smoke in the area and rubber left on the road.

McCallum handed himself into police three days later.

Mr Shackleton previously put off sentencing McCallum because he was concerned about his traffic record and said a stint in jail was not off the table.

McCallum is serving out a conditional release order for a reckless driving charge, but he had not breached it because he was convicted after the latest incident.

McCallum also had previous convictions in 2011 and 2013 for similar offences.

In court last week, Mr Shackleton said McCallum had been “in trouble plenty of times” and he was “entertaining” the possibility of an immediate jail term.

Mr Shackleton warned McCallum that he was “going to hurt someone at some point” but said because of the changes he had made in his life, he was “satisfied” McCallum was unlikely to reoffend.

McCallum was sentenced to seven months jail, suspended for 12 months, fined $800 plus costs and disqualified from driving.

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