A serial hoon who was the first man in WA to have a car confiscated under the State’s tough anti-hoon laws was jailed for six months today over reckless driving offences.
Ryan James Joseph appeared in the Armadale Magistrate’s Court on two counts each of reckless driving and driving without a license.
He was convicted and sentenced to six months jail, with the magistrate also disqualifying him for driving for life.
The 23-year-old was arrested in July after he failed to appear in the Joondalup Magistrate’s Court over a reckless driving offence stemming from a car club gathering that ended when a vehicle performing burnouts slammed into onlookers.
That incident occurred on Mather Drive, Neerabup, between 1.30am and 2am on February 5. Joseph was not driving the car that crashed into onlookers but was driving another vehicle, a Holden Commodore, with a passenger that was performing burnouts as part of a gathering for a club called Running on Empty.
The Neerabup matter was dealt with yesterday along with a second hoon offence that occurred in Perth’s Hills.
In May 2009, Joseph became the first person to have his car confiscated under anti-hoon laws after he was caught performing a burnout with his 14-month-old son and girlfriend in the car.Joseph’s father Ron Joseph and friend Chris Teale have previously denied he is a hoon and said he no longer associated with Running on Empty.
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