It was supposed to be a daring burnout in a $170,000 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe in front of a crowd in a quiet suburban street in Sydney.
However, rather than spinning the rear tyres, the car caught fire – caused by a suspected overheating transmission.
The driver might have got away with the stunt, had the fire not scorched the roadway, requiring emergency services to attend.
According to NSW Police, the driver initially claimed the car "had caught fire while being driven down the road".
However after police made "further inquiries" and sourced video footage of an alleged burnout offence, the man was charged and issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving.
A man has been charged after his luxury car was destroyed by fire in a Chester Hill street at the weekend.Emergency...Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
According to unconfirmed speculation on social media, the car is claimed to have been recently won as a prize in a competition.
Footage from Snapchat:AAuburn_2144 shows a Mercedes attempting a burnout in front of a crowd, and then vision from inside the car as the occupants exited as the fire started to take hold.
The driver is due to appear in Bankstown Local Court on March 11, 2021.
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