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Beveridge hoon driver faces 52 charges

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A 24-year-old Beveridge man faces a total of 52 charges, following a targeted, eight-month police investigation into illegal driver behaviour.

Members of the Dandenong High-Risk Driving Unit arrested the man after intercepting a white 2000 Mazda van travelling on Burbank Drive, Reservoir.

Police then seized the van under a search warrant, and searched the man’s Beveridge home on Friday morning.

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Police seized a set of cancelled registration plates, a small amount of what is alleged to be methylamphetamine, MDMA, heroin and 1,4-Butanediol, knuckle dusters and a laser pointer.

Police allege the man was involved in an incident Commercial Drive, Lynbrook, on July 8, where a white 2000 Mazda van performed burnouts and drove at speed in close proximity to about 100 spectators.

The vehicle has allegedly been linked to four other hoon gatherings over the past eight months in Keysborough, Truganina and Thomastown, engaging in similar, reckless driver behaviour.

The Beveridge man faces charges of reckless conduct endangering life and serious injury, deliberate loss of traction, drive in a dangerous manner, driving while disqualified, use of an unsafe vehicle, unaccompanied learner, criminal damage, possessing a drug of dependence, possession of a prohibited weapon and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

He was release released on bail to appear before the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court at a later date.

Police will retain the vehicle seized until the matter is finalised at court.

Inspector Dean Grande had a stern warning for hoon drivers.

“Across the state we have seen a significant reduction in hoon activity however this does not mean police sit idly by and wait for hoon gatherings to occur,” he said.

“Make no mistake, you will not escape police detection. If you are selfish enough to risk the lives of innocent road users by partaking in hoon activity, prepare to get a knock on your door.

“We will continue to apply pressure to those who escape detection on the night of an event, and we will not rest until we have offenders in custody with some facing upward of six years jail time for their behaviour.”

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