Prison for re­peat driver

Caught driv­ing three times on a dis­qual­i­fied li­cence lands man in jail

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Monique Pre­ston monique.pre­ston @whit­sun­day­

A MAN who was caught driv­ing three times on a dis­qual­i­fied li­cence has been sen­tenced to two years in prison.

Scott James Ward, 33, of Bowen, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court last week to three charges of driv­ing with­out a li­cence as it had been dis­qual­i­fied by a court or­der, two charges of driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle, two charges of driv­ing an unin­sured ve­hi­cle and one charge of driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with the num­ber plates at­tached be­long­ing to an­other ve­hi­cle.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Ward had been caught driv­ing three times, in­clud­ing two days in a row, on a li­cence that was dis­qual­i­fied un­til Novem­ber 2021.

The first time he was caught by po­lice was in Emer­ald on Au­gust 23.

The court heard Ward was then caught driv­ing again by po­lice on Gre­gory-Can­non Val­ley Rd at Can­non Val­ley at noon on De­cem­ber 7.

This time his car was also un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured, and the rear num­ber plate be­longed to an­other of his ve­hi­cles, Mr Beamish said.

The court was told, Ward was caught by po­lice again the fol­low­ing day while driv­ing in Don St, Bowen at 3.45pm.

He was again driv­ing with­out a li­cence in an un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured ve­hi­cle. This time the car had no num­ber plate.

Ward told po­lice at the time he had come into town to grab some food, Mr Beamish said.

At the time of the of­fences, Ward was on a 12 month prison sen­tence that had been sus­pended for three years for a dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing charge.

“He has shown a bla­tant dis­re­gard of the law,” Mr Beamish said.

Ward’s so­lic­i­tor Danny Yarrow said client had let the reg­is­tra­tion slide on his car be­cause he did not in­tend to drive as he had lost his li­cence. Mr Yarrow also said that on each of the oc­ca­sions, “the driv­ing it­self wasn’t done in a way that at­tracted po­lice at­ten­tion”.

In sen­tenc­ing him, mag­is­trate Si­mon Young de­scribed Ward’s be­hav­iour as a “con­temp­tu­ous dis­re­gard for court or­ders”.

Ward was sen­tenced to 12 months prison on each of the dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing charges, to be served con­cur­rently. His 12 month sus­pended sen­tence was also ac­ti­vated. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on Au­gust 8 next year.

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