Unlicensed driving a "scourge" on roads: Magistrate

UNLICENSED driving is a "scourge" on our streets, an Ipswich Magistrate has proclaimed.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey yesterday said people who ignored court orders to stay off the road were in "complete contempt" of the courts. Mr Manthey was sentencing Casey Thomas McGreevy, 25, who pleaded guilty to driving while his licence was disqualified by a court order.

The court heard McGreevy was intercepted by police on June 16 when the car he was driving was seen speeding on Brisbane Rd, East Ipswich.

After police activated their lights and sirens, McGreevy turned off Brisbane Rd and travelled for another kilometre before pulling over, getting out of the car and sitting on the ground. He told police his licence had been disqualified for driving unlicensed.

Mr Manthey said McGreevy was one of too many people ignoring the orders of courts.

"Disqualified driving is a scourge on our roads," he said.

"It's complete contempt for a court order. Complete defiance."

He sentenced McGreevy to three months' prison, wholly suspended for two years.

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