Man jailed again after fifth charge
A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for the second time in as many years for his fifth disqualified driving charge.
Jade Mikaira Taka was pulled over at Redbank Plains on September 3, where police discovered he had been disqualified for two years from December last year.
Two weeks later, on September 18, police pulled Taka over again for speeding at Blackstone and found he was disqualified.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Taka twice failed to give his identifying particulars to police, and was charged with two counts of contravening a police requirement.
Defence lawyer Yasser Khan told the court Taka had been at Riverfire in Brisbane on September 3 and was the only one in a group of friends not drinking.
Mr Khan said Taka's friend wanted to drive, and even if Taka had suggested a taxi, the friend would have got behind the wheel.
Taka decided to drive and was later pulled over.
In the second offence, Taka's sister had phoned in a distressed state so he went to pick her up.
"My client's character of going out of his way (to help people) is to his detriment," Mr Khan said.
"He has prospects of being an active member of the community."
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it appeared Taka simply couldn't stop driving, no matter what court order was in place.
"It is a shame to see a young man such as yourself making these sorts of decisions that get you in trouble," Ms Sturgess said.
"Prison is a sad future at the age of 20."
Taka was sentenced to six months prison with a parole release date on January 14.
He was also disqualified from driving for three years.