MAN FRONTS COURT ON 30TH DRIV­ING OF­FENCE,

The Queensland Times - - FRONT PAGE -

ER­RANT driver Kelvin Roma won’t be awarded a gold medal for his 30th dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing of­fence.

This time the re­peat of­fender ap­peared be­fore an Ip­swich court after be­ing busted il­le­gally driv­ing on New Year’s Day.

In jail for other mat­ters, Kelvin Terry Roma, 33, from North Ip­swich, pleaded guilty via video-link in Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court to driv­ing when dis­qual­i­fied by a court or­der on Jan­uary 1, 2018; and driv­ing without due care and at­ten­tion.

Prose­cu­tor Sergeant Matt Don­nelly said it was noon on Jan­uary 1 last year when a po­lice pa­trol on the War­rego High­way saw a red Dae­woo driv­ing at speed.

Its reg­is­tra­tion plates did not match the Dae­woo and in­stead were is­sued for a Toy­ota Lex­cen. The plates had not been reg­is­tered since 2017.

Sgt Don­nelly said the red Dae­woo was trav­el­ling well in ex­cess of the 100km/h speed limit and was tail­gat­ing other ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice ac­ti­vated sirens and flash­ing lights and the Dae­woo driver then took the Din­more exit but sud­denly swerved right and over a con­crete is­land bar­rier be­fore bounc­ing back into the left lane.

Sgt Don­nelly said this caused mo­tor­bike rid­ers to take eva­sive ac­tion.

After stop­ping, Roma told po­lice he was not try­ing to avoid them, say­ing “that was how he al­ways drove”.

Roma told po­lice he was driv­ing to see a rel­a­tive in hos­pi­tal but it was not an emer­gency.

Mag­is­trate David Shep­herd said Roma had 29 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing.

De­fence lawyer Ja­son Voight said Roma had spent 163 days in jail and although this was for other charges he sought that it be taken into ac­count.

Mr Shep­herd said Roma’s prior driv­ing when dis­qual­i­fied of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween 2003 and 2014, and had been met with jail terms.

It was clear Roma held no re­gard for au­thor­ity, court or leg­is­la­tion, and sim­ply con­tin­ued do­ing what he felt like.

Roma was sen­tenced to one month’s jail and his li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied six months for driv­ing without due care; and sen­tenced to 12 months’ jail for driv­ing when dis­qual­i­fied. Given pa­role re­lease on May 14, his li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied for five years.

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