Driver back behind the wheel four days after losing licence

A MAN who got behind the wheel only four days after losing his licence for drink-driving has been fined $1000 in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Gary Allen McCarthy pleaded guilty to disqualified driving, and earned the ire of Magistrate Graham Hillan, who was not happy to hear someone ignored a court order so quickly.

Mr Hillan said he warned every defendant who lost their licence in court that the penalties for being caught driving while disqualified could be severe.

"I don't say it for fun," Mr Hillan said, shaking his head.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said McCarthy was intercepted for a licence check on March 19.

McCarthy's licence was disqualified for six months on March 15, for a drink-driving offence, Snr Const Grigoris said.

McCarthy said he had to get to Hervey Bay on the day in question for work.

Mr Hillan ordered the $1000 fine and a two-year disqualification, which will be added to the rest of McCarthy's earlier disqualification.



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