Suspended driver gets convictions

November 25, 2017

A MAN who twice drove while suspended has been fined $700.

A MAN who twice drove while suspended has been fined $700.

Kyabram’s Michael Northcott, 37, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 7 to plead guilty to the two counts of driving while suspended.

The court heard Northcott was driving on Allan St, Kyabram on August 23.

‘‘Police observed the accused at about 3.20pm when they intercepted him for a routine check,’’ police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said.

‘‘He was unable to produce a licence and checks revealed he had been suspended for three months.’’

On September 26 the same police officer intercepted Northcott again.

‘‘When pulled over the accused said ‘just write down the same as last time mate’,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

Lawyer Majella Foster-Jones told the court Northcott was the carer for a family friend and had to transport her to Melbourne quite regularly.

‘‘Sometimes without a lot of notice which will make it hard without a licence,’’ she said.

Magistrate Patrick Southey said he would not interfere with his licence again.

‘‘You have flouted the law. You need to drive sensibly and you won’t lose your licence again.’’

He fined him $300 for the first count and $400 for the second and convicted him on both.

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