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L-plater fined for crashing $80,000 Mercedes into school

A young L-plate driver has learned the lesson of a lifetime after losing control of his luxury car and driving it into an Adelaide private school.

The 17-year-old driver managed to plough the Mercedes-Benz station wagon into the gym of the inner suburban girl's school at about 6.45pm on Sunday night. Neither the learner driver nor his 62-year-old passenger were injured in the crash.

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The 17-year-old lost control of the car, driving it into the Anglican School for Girls. Source: SAPOL

South Australian police shared an image of the vehicle – an ML 350 model which can cost as much as $80,000 – being pried from the wall of the gym where it became stuck after leaving the road.

Authorities worked to free the car which ultimately had to be towed from the scene.

SA Police said the driver will receive a fine for failing to maintain effective control of his vehicle.

According to the state government's list of road offences and penalties, the transgression carries a potential $205 fine and no demerit points.

On Monday, Victoria announced it would follow in South Australia's tyre tracks and introduce a digital driver's licence for motorists from next year. South Australia launched digital driver's licences in late 2017, with NSW following suit in October 2019.

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