Repeat offender back in court

A SEVEN-TIME drink driver got out of his car and locked it when police pulled him over for speeding because he “knew he would be going with them”, a court was told.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told police saw Darryl Glen Novley, 43, driving at 135kmh in a 100kmh zone along the Isis Highway about 6.40pm on June 16 – the night of the second State of Origin match.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Novley, a mine worker who often stays in Bundaberg, slowed down as he approached an 80kmh zone, “but was still doing in excess of 100kmh”.

Officers pulled him over and were surprised when the driver locked his car and walked towards them.

When they asked him why, Sgt Stevens said Novley told the officers he “knew he would be going with them”.

He told the officers he had been on his way to Bundaberg to watch the State of Origin game and had been drinking on the way from Warwick.

A breath test revealed he had a blood alcohol reading of .062.

“The defendant has a history that does not serve him well,” Sgt Stevens said.

This was Novley's seventh drink-driving conviction and his eighth for disqualified or unlicensed driving.

Sgt Stevens told the court that jail was an appropriate punishment in the circumstances.

“The defendant was not only under the influence of liquor, he was speeding,” the prosecutor said.

“It must be no surprise to the defendant that I suggest a term of imprisonment is appropriate.”

Novley pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and driving while disqualified.

Defence lawyer Allan Keleher said Novley was a driller's offsider and had been helping his mother before driving to Bundaberg.

“He wanted to come to Bundaberg and knows now he should have taken a bus,” Mr Keleher said.

“My client has come to the realisation that he needs to do something about his behaviour.”

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said Novley should be very remorseful for his extensive convictions.

“It is a low reading but it is set against a backdrop of a terrible history,” she said.

“You very well knew you should not have been driving.”

Ms Batts fined Novley $960 for disqualified driving and sentenced him to 15 months' probation for drink driving.

She disqualified his licence for three years.

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