CAR lover Calib Keith Alley paid just $300 for his 15th vehicle, but the bargain soured when the unlicensed driver got busted driving it unregistered and with number plates taken off his mum's car.
Prosecutor Constable Tina Vee told Gladstone Magistrates Court police stopped Alley's Commodore in Railway St on September 6 and found Alley was unlicensed due to SPER suspension, the car unregistered and uninsured, and its registration plate had been issued to another vehicle.
"He says he used the plates off his mother's old vehicle," Const Vee said.
Alley, 21, (pictured above) pleaded guilty to the four traffic offences on September 6, and also to a separate charge of being in possession of a knife in public at 11.30pm on September 9.
At the time his licence had been suspended for unpaid fines since May 24.
Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said he paid $300 for the car, a 2000 model VT Holden Commodore and because it was only just bought, it was unregistered; so he used plates taken from his mother's car.
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"Doesn't sound like much of a vehicle, said magistrate Mark Morrow.
"Yes, it works," said Alley.
"Yes, cost 300 bucks."
Alley successfully applied to the court to have a knife returned to his family, saying it was a gift from his uncle John Lingwoodock.
Const Vee said the large knife was confiscated by police after it was found on the floor of a car Alley was in.
She said police that night asked him if he had anything illegal and Alley told officers about the brown-handled knife, saying he used if for fishing.
Mr Morrow said the knife could be collected from police by Mr Lingwoodock.
He fined Alley $500 for driving unlicensed and disqualified him for two months.
Alley was fined $364 for driving unregistered, $455 for driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and $282 for using a plate that belonged to another vehicle.
Financially dented after his court appearance, Alley said outside the courthouse the Holden had been his 15th vehicle.
"I brought it from a car yard. It was for a mad car project, but its cost me more fines than what the c*** cost me," he joked.
"That car is not going to be going anywhere.
"I do them up and sell them."