Gladstone driver stressed over confiscated VW's fate

FROWNING, Ryan Batey fronted a Gladstone court saying a lawyer told him he would now 'forfeit' his car after police seized it.

Batey, 25, charged with being an unlicensed driver who drove, repeat offender, was clearly stressed, worrying that the court magistrate would make an order that would lose him his black VW.

But magistrate Mark Morrow said it was a Qld Police matter and not the court when police impounded cars.

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Ryan Batey had his car seized, impounded by police. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Ryan Batey had his car seized, impounded by police. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

He allowed Batey to go and visit Gladstone police next door to the courthouse to find out about his beloved car.

When Batey returned the visibly relieved offender told Mr Morrow that "it's just confiscated for 90 days".

"The people at **** .com.au they don't know the laws. They're harassing me, telling me I'm losing my car," he said.

"I saw a lawyer, advised me I can't have it forfeited and can only be confiscated."

Batey pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving on the Dawson Highway when a repeat offender at 11.45pm on February 1.

Police say his licence had expired over two weeks before as a result of SPER. His car was impounded.

Mr Morrow fined Batey $350 and disqualified him from driving for one month.



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