WATCH: 'Treated like a criminal': Elderly man's worst day

GREY nomad Robert Salter, 83, leaves Gladstone Courthouse after his driver licence issue.
GREY nomad Robert Salter, 83, leaves Gladstone Courthouse after his driver licence issue. Ross Irby

ROAMING grey nomad 83-year-old Robert Salter had an unplanned itinerary change when he went before a Gladstone court magistrate after police put a bit of a damper on his Tannum Sands stopover.

Police discovered his NSW licence unknown to him had been suspended.

"It's a comedy of errors," Salter said loudly to magistrate Melanie Ho when he pleaded guilty to driving unlicensed at Boyne Island.

Suffering some deafness Salter apologised that his hearing aid was stuffing up.

"I haven't been in a court house for 50 years," the white-haired gent said.

"I'm a NSW person and every year we have to put in a health certificate for our driving licence.

"I travel all around Australia and I have great difficulty keeping up with my paperwork.

"It (suspension) was because I hadn't filled out this year's medical certificate."

Salter said he would plead guilty as he was "lax in not doing my medical form".

Magistrate Ho said it was unusual, a technical breach and recorded no conviction, and with no fine. But she warned he must keep on top of his paperwork.

"But why did the Queensland cops fingerprint and photograph me? I'm not a criminal," he said.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece then explained why and how the system worked in Queensland.

"It's just embarrassing to me for a misdemeanour like this to get treated like a criminal," Salter said.

"I'll just have to live with it. That was a f*** up," Salter said loudly as he walked from the courtroom.

"I'm not as silly as I look," he said with a grin.

Topics:  gladstone, gladstone region

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