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"Surfing" could have caused serious car accident

Two young men have been sentenced for dangerous driving after participating in "car surfing" in September 2010, which could have caused a car accident and resulted in a severe personal injury or a fatality.

The 17-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were seen on CCTV by police, driving in circles in a car park in Midhurst, while another individual was lying on the vehicle's roof.

Both drivers pleaded guilty in Chichester Magistrates' Court to dangerous driving. The 21-year-old has been disqualified from driving for a year, must undertake 120 hours of community service, and will have to take a re-test at the end of his disqualification period.

The 17-year-old, who had only passed his driving test two months prior to the incident, has also been disqualified from driving for a year at the end of which he will have to take an extended re-test. He was also placed under a 12-week curfew order.

No one was hurt during the dangerous car stunts, but a police inspector with the West Downs Road Policing Unit said, "It could have ended very differently."

He warned other young people against such activities, which could cause car accidents. "You could end up in jail or with serious injuries – or worse."

If anyone not involved with the risky activity had suffered a car accident and personal injury due to it, they may have been able to claim compensation.



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