ACT Policing is on the hunt for a male who was wearing a banana costume when he injured a bystander with the Ford Falcon he was allegedly hooning around in.

    Police officers were called to the border suburb of Beard just after 9pm on June 21, following reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a wheel which came off a vehicle that had been performing burnouts.

    Upon arriving at the scene, police found the graffitied AU Falcon unattended, with its driver understood to have fled.

    The male driver was alleged to have been wearing a banana costume and a balaclava while performing burnouts in the clapped-out Falcon.

    The 21-year old male bystander was treated on scene and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Police have asked anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have mobile phone footage of the incident, to help with its investigation.

    Anyone with information which can assist ACT Policing is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report via the Crime Stoppers ACT website, quoting reference number 7780372. 

    In the Australian Capital Territory, police have the power to seize vehicles for up to 90 days for first offenders who are found to have engaged in street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving.

    Last week, the ACT Government introduced new legislation which can result in people who repeatedly engage in street racing and hooning behaviour facing court-imposed penalties of up to $16,000 in fines or a 12-month prison sentence.

    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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