Prison warning for driver

A TEENAGER risked driving on a disqualified licence because he was too ashamed to tell a relative he couldn't drive.

Unfortunately for David Dat Tien Tran, the attempt to save face has cost him dearly.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to his fourth and fifth disqualified driving offences.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Tran had been caught illegally driving on October 29 and again on December 14.

On one occasion, Tran opted to drive because he was too embarrassed to tell his uncle he could not collect a parcel for him.

Ms Sturgess noted that Tran had been caught driving on a disqualified licence five times since November 16, 2012.

Defence lawyer Natasha Shorter said Tran suffered from "extreme anxiety", which he was undergoing treatment for.

Ms Shorter said her client's anxiety - coupled with some pressures at home - led him to make decisions without understanding the consequences.

She said Tran was employed and had also completed a Queensland Traffic Offenders Program.

Ms Sturgess warned Tran if he was caught disqualified driving one more time, he would be facing jail.

Tran was sentenced to jail for six months, suspended for three years, and disqualified from driving for three years.

"It should be obvious to you now that if you risk driving while disqualified, you will get caught," Ms Sturgess said.



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