Repeat offender with "appalling" history off road
A MAN who ran the gauntlet in order to buy Ventolin for his son has been stung for thumbing his nose at a court-ordered licence disqualification.
Adam Christopher Checker, 41, pleaded guilty to disqualified driving at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
Prosecutor Constable Dan Swanson told the court Checker is a repeat offender when it comes to unlicensed driving.
The latest incident occurred at Redbank Plains on April 12.
Checker was pulled over for a random breath test, but ended up in trouble when he was unable to produce a driver's licence.
"Checks revealed he was disqualified from February 5 to May 4 by court order," Const Swanson said.
Although acknowledging that it did not constitute an emergency, Checker told the court he was driving in order to get Ventolin for his sick son.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said the explanation would count for little.
"You have an appalling traffic history," Mr Cosgrove said.
"You need to understand that driving is not a right, it is a privilege.
"The courts make these orders for a good reason - to keep other road users safe.
"This is a matter for which you can be sent to prison."
Checker was fined $1200 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two years - the mandatory minimum disqualification for such an offence.
Mr Cosgrove remarked that repeat disqualified drivers can be ordered off the roads for up to five years, as well as being sent to prison.