Driver lucky to escape jail

A MAN who was caught driving twice in three days on a disqualified licence has been given a wholly suspended jail sentence.

Benjamin Wade Johnson’s licence was disqualified in court on September 16 for six months. But Johnson was caught driving on November 23. The 24-year-old claimed he had called Queensland Transport and was told his licence was now current.

Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard Johnson was again caught behind the wheel on November 26.

When he was pulled over the second time, Johnson cried and started rolling on the ground, claiming he had broken his tooth earlier in the evening and was driving around “trying to find a hospital”.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while disqualified. He was fined $900 and given two months jail, which was wholly suspended for two years. His licence was disqualified for two years.

Defence lawyer Shay Duce said her client was disqualified in a District Court and may have been confused the first time he drove.



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