Unlicensed driver is lucky to escape prison sentence

A UNLICENSED Sale man who ran away from police after being spotted driving a car with false number plates was lucky to escape jail when he appeared at Sale Magistrates’ Court last week.

The young man pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, not stopping when told to by police, displaying incorrect number plates, and driving an unregistered and unroadworthy vehicle.

On Monday, July 9, the man was spotted by police in an unmarked police car driving in McCole St, Sale.

But when police activated their lights, the driver attempted to avoid them by driving down a side street before eventually turning into Fitzroy St, where he got out of the vehicle and ran away.

Police caught up with a second person who had been in the passenger seat of the offending vehicle, and the offender was eventually found at a Sale address.

When interviewed by police, he said he had “panicked”.

Magistrate Rodney Higgins told the man he was on his second driving while disqualified offence, and if caught again “you’ll go to jail”.

“Lucky for you, the legislation has changed,” he said.

“It used to be that a second offence meant jail.”

The magistrate said because of the young man’s financial situation, he would hand down a community corrections order instead of a fine, and ordered him to complete 75 hours of community work.