Evacuating kids costs licence

A MAN who drove to Fernvale to evacuate his children during the floods has lost his licence for two years.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Mita Steven Patu went to Gympie with his wife to help a friend move cattle to higher ground but then had to get back to Fernvale to “get his children out”.

Patu, whose licence had been disqualified from October 11 to February 10, was caught driving on January 9.

The 43-year-old said his wife, who holds a current Queensland licence, refused to drive back to Fernvale because it was raining.

“It was torrential rain all the way down,” Patu said.

“My wife would not drive and I had to go home to get our kids out of Fernvale.”

Patu pleaded guilty to driving while his licence was disqualified by a court.

He was fined $850 and disqualified for the minimum of two years.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum told Patu it was extremely foolish to drive after being disqualified as he was risking a jail sentence.

“I know you were worried about your kids but your wife can drive,” she said.

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