German courts don't play games.
We're among the first to admit that doing burnouts and performing donuts is serious fun, but in the wrong environment, these activities are just not on. Sadly, there are countless examples of morons who have tried to show off on public roads only to embarrass themselves in the most spectacular ways.
Sometimes, that embarrassment comes in the form of a hilarious crash, but more often than not, it comes as a big fine and some trouble with the authorities. That's what one German driver has learned the hard way, and his actions now mean that he has to sell the very car he was hooning in or it will face confiscation.
How did this happen? According to Stuttgarter Nachrichten, the 23-year-old Ludwigsburg resident was doing burnouts in the town square, showing off to his friends. The police arrived on the scene, but instead of taking his (admittedly serious) slap on the wrist like a grown-up, the young driver decided to flee the scene. One of the cops tried to catch him, but his patrol car wasn't powerful enough.
"I got the maximum out of our company car with its 192 horsepower and could not follow him," said the officer. "I gave up in Marienstrasse because I could no longer be responsible for the 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) there.
The accused was driving a BMW 440i, so it's no wonder that he was able to get away. However, once he escaped and calmed down, the man realized how serious his offense was. Once he had been eventually arrested, he sook help from a traffic psychologist.
This wasn't the first time that the man had been caught speeding but the judge in the matter felt that the man was genuinely repentant. He was ultimately relieved of his driver's license for six months, which in conjunction with other restrictions means that he can't drive for a full year. Judge Anne Bollacher also ruled that the man must sell his car within three months and give €7,000 (a little more than $8,100) of the proceeds to the state treasury or have the car confiscated.