Grandfather jailed for driving offences

A GRANDFATHER will spend a month in jail for three disqualified driving offences, including being at the wheel while more than three times the legal limit.

Michael Lance Smart, 55, was disqualified in 2011 but was picked up at the wheel on June 13 on Hunter St, Brassall.

On August 24, Smart was again pulled over behind the wheel, while on Russell Island.

Officers noted he was disqualified, and when breath tested, Smart blew 0.177.

Smart told officers he was driving to drop a friend off at the gallery for an exhibition.

On September 9, Smart crashed his Harley Davidson motorbike near the Gold Coast, and received fractured ribs and extensive bruising.

After being discharged from hospital, Smart went to the Goodna police station where it was revealed he was disqualified.

The court heard Smart had interstate history for the same sort of offending.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of disqualified driving and one count of driving under the influence of liquor.

He was sentenced to 18 months prison, and will be released on December 22.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years.

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said his client had three children and nine grandchildren, and was about to start work in the Childers area.

Mr Thomas said the drink driving offence had happened on an island, which reduced the risk to the community.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said Smart had demonstrated a "clear and flagrant" breach of court orders.



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