Driver cops 4-year ban

A MAN who was caught driving without a licence and disqualified twice in six weeks faced Gladstone Magistrates Court last Friday.

Robert John Spinks pleaded guilty to the offences.

Police Prosecutor Constable Sean Franklin said police intercepted Spinks on March 15 at 12am.

He told police he was aware he was disqualified and was driving to check on his boat and walk his dog.

Six weeks later at 3.35am on March 24 police once again intercepted Spinks on Garden Street.

Defence solicitor Jun Pepito said the offence was an error on his client’s part for the first offence.

“For the second offence my client went out with a designated driver driving his car,” he said.

“The designated driver left and he didn’t want to leave his car at the hotel.”

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Spinks $2750 or 35 days jail.

He was disqualified from driving for two years for the first offence and two and a half years for the second offence, to be served consecutively for a four-and-a-half-year total.

“If you come back to court again it will be jail,” Mr Carroll said.

“The second offence just shows a gross disrespect for court orders.”

Meanwhile, a man who claimed he drank one drink every hour thought he would still be under the limit and okay to drive.

Kerry Douglas Bowers pleaded guilty to drink driving in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Friday. Bowers entered a guilty plea to the charge for the incident at 12.10am on March 25.

Police intercepted Bowers on Goondoon Street on his way to the ATM. He told police he had drunk one glass of white wine every hour since 10pm the night before and he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.110.

Defence solicitor Jun Pepito said his client was 35 years old and the incident was an error of misjudgement on his client’s part.

Bowers was fined $800 or 11 days in jail.

He was disqualified from driving for five months and had a conviction recorded.



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