Erratic driver serves jail term

PAUL Brian Sheehy has continually broken the law for the past 20 years.

The 39-year-old was described as a “habitual disqualified driver” when he faced Maryborough Magistrates Court on six traffic charges.

His terrible driving record left acting Magistrate Neil Lavaring no option but to imprison him.

Sheehy was already well known to Tiaro police when they spotted him driving a ute in the town on October 17 last year.

Police followed Sheehy and activated their lights and sirens to indicate he should stop.

But Sheehy continued driving and could be seen swerving violently as he took a corner too fast.

Police eventually gave up their pursuit because they were concerned about Sheehy's erratic driving.

He was tracked down several months later and charged with driving disqualified, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and driving with cancelled number plates.

The court heard Sheehy had dozens of similar convictions on his record and had served jail time for traffic offences.

“He's a habitual disqualified driver,” prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said.

“Over the past 20 years he's continually come before the courts and has disobeyed court orders.”

Defence solicitor Trinity McGarvie said Sheehy's history should not be an overwhelming feature of the sentencing process.

“Other road users were not at risk as a result of his conduct,” she said.

But Mr Lavaring said Sheehy's history was “atrocious” and showed a pattern of non-compliance with traffic laws.

Sheehy was sentenced to 12 months in jail and a parole release date was set for January 28.

He was also disqualified from driving for a further four years.

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