A New Zealand father has been handed a reckless driving sentence after towing his sons' friend behind his car on a skateboard.
The 14-year-old boy fell off his board in front of the car and was knocked unconscious when his head hit the road.
He broke his right collarbone, badly grazed his face and limbs and narrowly avoided being hit by the car.
This week, Brendan Michael Dowd, 44, pleaded guilty in Tauranga District Court to reckless driving causing injury.
The incident occurred when Dowd, his two sons and the victim had been filming each other skateboarding in an industrial park in October last year.
The boys took turns being towed at speeds of up to 50km/h before letting go, and at one point Dowd towed two of the boys at the same time.
"I'm rather surprised to see a man of your age before the court for engaging in something like this," Judge Thomas Ingram said.
"I can understand perhaps you didn't think through the possible consequences of loss of control but, at 50km/h, if someone falls of they're going to get hurt."
Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said Dowd's behaviour was the "height of stupidity".
Dowd was sentenced to 60 hours of community work, disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to pay $500 to the teenager for emotional harm.
Source: Bay of Plenty Times
Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Matthew Henry