After the 25-year-old had set the fastest time in practice in the racing circuit, he was seen "fishtailing" along a public road. Officers arrested him for improper use of a motor vehicle under Victorian anti-hoon laws. Smoking tire stunts are known as "hooning" in Australia, and were made illigal.
Hamilton was reported to be visibly upset as his new sports car was hauled away on a tow truck. He later apologized in a statement for his behavior, saying it was "over-exuberant and silly
A Mercedes-Benz dealership in Melbourne is now auctioning the car, the police report and a signed photo of Hamilton. Bids have reached £97,000 so far.
Three years ago, French police impounded another car he was driving when he was caught speeding at 123mph on a motorway, well over the speed limit. His driving licence was suspended for a month then.