Suspended driver lands in court

PEERING through the windscreen on a rainy day on his way to Super Cheap Auto in Lismore to buy new wiper blades for his mate’s car, unlicensed driver Jason Carroll banged into the rear of the braking car in front of him.

The panel denting encounter resulted in Carroll, 20, a meat worker of Casino, pleading guilty in the Lismore Local Court to driving on June 1 when his licence was suspended and negligent driving.

The crash left Carroll further out of pocket when he was fined $1000 by Magistrate Robyn Denes. She also disqualified him from driving for two years – until August 2012.

Ms Denes said she would also have to advise the District Court of his latest offences because he was on a suspended jail sentence at the time.

Police facts stated the Nissan Pintara being driven by Carroll in Uralba Street, Lismore, rear-ended a Honda Civic at low speed. Carroll then refused to give the female driver of the car his details so she called police.

Defence lawyer Tracey Randall said it was her client’s second offence for driving when suspended within five years after his original suspension for a loss of RTA demerit points.

She said Carroll had not driven for three months before the first offence because he believed the RTA suspension had been immediate and that it was finished when he resumed driving.

Ms Randall said her client had been a passenger in his mate’s car, and while the mate went to an appointment Carroll decided to drive the Nissan to Super Cheap Auto to buy wiper blades because of the wet weather. That’s when the accident happened.

Ms Denes said that Carroll would not have been covered by insurance for the damage caused, and asked if he had paid for the damage.

Ms Randall said that Carroll was now trying to come up with the money.

When fining Carroll, the Magistrate told him his driving record was already not good and showed a lack of attention.

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