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Third time means jail: Magistrate

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December 06, 2017

A KYABRAM man with a shocking traffic history who was caught driving while suspended has been told he will likely be jailed next time.

A KYABRAM man with a shocking traffic history who was caught driving while suspended has been told he will likely be jailed next time.

Steven Scammell, 25, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said police saw Scammell driving along Church St in Kyabram at 9.05pm on October 7 before speaking with him at his home.

Checks revealed his licence was suspended for six months from September 1 for a loss of demerit points.

It was his second suspension after losing it for 18 months over speeding and not displaying his P-plates.

The court heard he also had convictions for dangerous driving, failing to stop on police request and driving while disqualified.

‘‘It’s getting reasonably serious,’’ magistrate Patrick Southey said.

‘‘You’ll go to jail potentially next time.’’

Scammell, who represented himself in court, admitted to the charge and said he had driven to the supermarket and back home.

When asked by Mr Southey what he did for a job, Scammell said he couldn’t work because he had heart problems.

Mr Southey convicted and fined Scammell $750 and $79.50 in court costs.

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