A French man on a working holiday will now be living in Australia without any means to drive, after being caught driving while disqualified.
Franck Nouaille-Degorce, who was disqualified by the Mossman Magistrates Court for drink driving back in October, was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving anywhere in Australia for two years for driving within the three-month disqualification period for the previous offence.
According to the police prosecutor, Nouaille-Degorce was intercepted while driving in Port Douglas on Thursday November 24, at 2:55am.
“The defendant was unable to provide any emergent reason to be driving,” said the prosecutor.
Nouaille-Degorce told the court he had not understood the previous ruling, which Magistrate Tom Braes questioned, before pointing out that for disobeying a court order he would no longer be able to drive anywhere in Australia for the remainder of his stay.
He had previously been intercepted while driving in Craiglie in late September, where he returned a breath alcohol reading of .062 per cent.
In addition to being disqualified, he was also fined $500 when he faced the court in October.
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