Motorist finds library card is no licence to drive

A LIBRARY card wasn't enough to satisfy Ipswich police when they pulled over Deu Maketh Deng and asked to see his driver's licence.

But as an unlicensed driver, that was all he could provide.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Deng pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath or saliva for analysis and driving unlicensed.

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Police prosecutor Senior Constable Megan O'Brien said Deng had been intercepted by police after they saw he was not driving in a straight line.

Deng, who is of African descent, provided a Victorian library card belonging to someone else when asked for his identification.

The 26-year-old said he was visiting from Melbourne and that the vehicle had belonged to a friend.

He complained that police had pulled him over "because he was black".

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Police then asked Deng to provide a breath test but he refused. He was taken to Goodna Police Station where his true identity was confirmed.

It was revealed that Deng had never held a Queensland driver's licence. He refused to answer any questions about his drinking and declined a breath test again.

The incident took place on August 24 about 2am.

Deng was fined $600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months.



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He was also seen to pull an arm back to throw a punch at a guard