Banned driver jailed for dash to hospital

AN injured hand ultimately fingered Toowoomba woman Kelly Marie Ives who was caught driving while disqualified for the 15th time on her way home from the hospital.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Ives, 35, had fractured her hand on March 25, but she claimed when she called an ambulance she was told she could have up to a four-hour wait.

Knowing she was disqualified, Ives decided to drive herself to the hospital where she was treated and her hand placed in plaster.

Driving home she was pulled over by police on Mort St about 12.25am for a faulty tail-light, the court heard.

Ives readily admitted she was subject to a two-year driving disqualification imposed by the court in September 2012, but said she had no money for a taxi and couldn't find any friends to drive her, police prosecutor Senior Constable Tim Hutton said.

She pleaded guilty to the charge.

Her solicitor Brad Skuse said his client was the full-time carer for her mother who had a number of ailments.

He said his client had her mother with her at the hospital and couldn't have walked home.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Ives had received a jail term on her last similar offending and sentenced her to six months imprisonment, but ordered she be released on parole on October 6 after having served two months.

Ives was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for two years.



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