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Echuca grandmother to stay off road — or else

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May 20, 2017

A MAGISTRATE has warned an Echuca grandmother she is edging closer to jail if she continues to drive without a licence.

A MAGISTRATE has warned an Echuca grandmother she is edging closer to jail if she continues to drive without a licence.

Nicole Lusk, 46, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to one count of driving while unlicensed.

It is the fourth time she has been caught driving while disqualified or unlicensed, and the court heard she lost her licence in 2015 for drug driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend said Lusk was intercepted for a routine check while driving south on Stawell St, Echuca, on March 23.

Checks revealed her licence expired on July 28, 2015, after a period of disqualification.

Magistrate Patrick Southey chastised Lusk for continuing to flout road rules.

‘‘You’ve made no effort to get licensed and you’re starting to get close to the point of jail,’’ he said.

‘‘There was a time 10 or 15 years ago where you’d get a month’s jail for what you’ve already racked up, but practices have changed a bit since then.’’

Mr Southey opted to defer sentencing to give Lusk time to complete a drug driver education course.

‘‘You need to pull your finger out and show you’re taking steps to get your licence back,’’ he said.

‘‘If you don’t show a fair dinkum effort, then I’ll most likely place you on a community corrections order, which is one step short of jail.’’

The case will return to court on June 20.

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