At the wheel despite crashes

A DISQUALIFIED driver who continued to be sprung behind the wheel around the state and at two separate traffic crashes will be behind bars until Christmas.

Kane Hadley faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with 16 traffic offences.

The father of two was caught driving on five separate occasions – twice in Hervey Bay and three times in other parts of the state – after his licence was first suspended earlier this year.

On several occasions the cars he was caught driving were unregistered and uninsured.

The court heard the most serious offence involved a car crash in Brisbane where the 30-year-old had left the scene despite the fact his female passenger was injured and without giving his details to the other motorists involved.

He was later found “concealing himself” behind an industrial bin in a supermarket car park.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Hadley had rehabilitated himself since his last period in prison in 2007.

She said he was in a stable relationship and up until recently had been working on a fishing trawler.

She admitted Hadley had essentially “dropped his bundle” but that he regretted his actions and had been offered his job back.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he took those things into account but needed to impose a sentence that would act as a deterrent to other traffic offenders.

Hadley was fined $1500 and sentenced to 12 months in prison.

He will be eligible for parole on December 22.

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