Double trouble for driver
A BARISTA caught speeding at 91km/h in a restricted 40km School Zone did not blame the beans when stopped again by the same vigilant police officer who an hour earlier had just suspended his licence.
Andrew G Scott, 35, from Repentance Creek , pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to driving while suspended in Goonellabah at 10.05am on November 27 last year.
An hour earlier in the Rosebank school zone Scott had been issued with an infringement notice by senior constable Matthew Linten for exceeding the speed limit by over 40km/h, and had his licence immediately suspended.
The same police officer recognised him driving his car shortly after the first offence, and pulled Scott over.
When stopped Scott told him he knew he should not be driving but was taking his daughter to child care and had no other way of getting her there.
Defence lawyer Tony Mannering said his client as a parent recognised he made a significant error doing 91km/h in the 40km school zone and was issued with a licence suspension notice.
Asked by magistrate Robyn Denes why his client then chose to drive? Mr Mannering said Scott was ‘numb’ and sat in his car for a while and although he understood what happened it had ‘not registered’.
He said because Scott had no one to call on and to take the child to child care he then drove to Goonellabah where the same police officer recognised him.
Ms Denes said police when doing highway patrols were looking for certain offenders and she told Scott that on that day he was just one of them.
She warned Scott police would now be watching for him over the next 18 months of his suspended licence to see if he drove because they knew he was disqualified.
Scott was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months from May 25, 2010 until May 24, 2011 with the disqualification to follow on from his six month suspension for the speeding offence.