Warn­ing to se­rial of­fender

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS ON THE RECORD - — Chloe Lyons

A SE­RIAL driv­ing of­fender has re­ceived a term of im­pris­on­ment af­ter be­ing ar­rested while driv­ing for the first time in six years.

Damien LeeWil­liams pleaded guilty in Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day to one count each of driv­ing with a dis­qual­i­fied li­cence, con­tra­ven­ing di­rec­tion and pos­ses­sion of drug uten­sils.

The court heard on Novem­ber 13, 2016, po­lice pulled overWil­liams’ white Mit­subishi truck on Murilla St, Miles, 340km west of Bris­bane.

Wil­liams, who was sub­ject to a New SouthWales driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the time, gave po­lice his brother’s name and said he had no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on him.

De­spite po­lice telling Wil­liams to pro­vide the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion, he con­tin­ued to lie un­til the of­fi­cers found doc­u­ments in the car with his real name.

Wil­liams told the court he hadn’t driven for six years as a re­sult of driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but made the de­ci­sion to drive his truck from NSWto Queens­land. The next month on De­cem­ber 14 at 11.20am, po­lice searched a Struck Oil ad­dress and found two bongs and two sets of dig­i­tal scales be­long­ing to Wil­liams.

He told po­lice he used the scales to weigh his cannabis to en­sure he wasn’t get­ting “ripped off”.

The last en­try on Wil­liams’ ex­ten­sive NSW driv­ing his­tory was a dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing charge from 2010.

Mag­is­trate Cameron Press hand­edWil­liams down a six month sus­pended prison sen­tence and a three year driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for driv­ing on a dis­qual­i­fied li­cence.

Mr Press had a stern warn­ing forWil­liams, say­ing he was “... on the door of the prison, knock­ing”.

Wil­liams also re­ceived a $250 fine for con­tra­ven­ing di­rec­tion and $400 for pos­sess­ing uten­sils re­spec­tively.

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