Jail time for driver without a licence

A CASINO man who had never held a licence and was serving a suspended sentence when he led police on a 75km pursuit in a car with false number plates has been jailed for 18 months.

Adam Richards faced Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing charges including never holding a licence to drive, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and negligent driving.

The charges related to a pursuit on August 13, 2013, when 32-year-old Richards was spotted driving a white Ford Laser along Bungawalbin Rd at Gibberagee as police inquired about another matter nearby.

The court heard when Senior Constable Mark Puglisi realised Richards was driving, he walked onto the road, held up his hand and announced "Stop, police," before he was clipped by the car on the right hip but not injured.

A pursuit ensued which covered about 75km of sealed and dirt roads, and saw Richards reach speeds of up to 120kmh around Bungawalbin, Whiporie, Coraki and Woodburn, eventually evading police.

Inquiries by police discovered the number plates on the Ford driven by Richards during the pursuit were false. When Richards reported to police at Casino to comply with bail conditions on August 16, he was arrested and refused bail.

On August 17, Richards was granted bail to appear on August 19, but did not attend.

He was again arrested on August 27, when reporting to police and refused bail.

Magistrate R Denes sentenced Richards to 18 months from when his current jail term ends on June 1.



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