Repeat driving offender warned
A MAN narrowly avoided jail yesterday after pleading guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to charges of speeding and driving without a licence.
Brett William Evans, 35, of Sharon, was in the middle of a three-year driving suspension when police caught him driving 23kmh over the speed limit on Rosedale Road on July 21 this year.
After being pulled over about 5pm, he first said he did not have his licence with him but then admitted it had been disqualified.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said Evans had an “extensive” traffic history and had received a suspended four-month jail term for disqualified driving in 2008.
Defence lawyer Allan Keleher said his client was a supervisor for his parents' earthmoving and crushing business and accepted he was looking at a term of imprisonment for his actions. “He was clearly aware he ought not have been driving,” the lawyer said.
He submitted Evans receive a suspended prison sentence, which Magistrate Jennifer Batts said would be a stretch.
“If he was to leave court today by his own motion, it would be the last time,” Ms Batts said.
“Next time, I can guarantee if I am sitting here dealing with you, a term of imprisonment will apply.”
Evans was sentenced to six months' jail with immediate parole and was suspended from driving for three-and-a-half years.