Disqualified driver unaware

A MAN told police if he knew he was driving while disqualified he would have fled from them.

But instead, Simon Pierce Couch, 35, thought his court-ordered disqualification had already ended, so when police pulled him over on March 10 he stopped and gave full admissions.

When police questioned him he said his seven months disqualification had already ended in March, but checks revealed it was not send to end until May - the day before he appeared in court.

Couch told Ipswich Magistrates Court he was sincerely mistaken and apologised about the confusion.

He said he genuinely believed it had ended but also admitted if he knew he was banned from the road he would have tried to avoid detection from police.

The offence occurred on Mount Crosby Rd, Tivoli on March 10 at 12.20pm.

He was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for two years.



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