Disqualified driver escapes jail

BENJAMIN Andrew Geiger narrowly escaped a four-month stint in jail when he faced the Maryborough Magistrates Court on a disqualified driving charge this week.

The Maryborough 20-year-old’s shocking traffic record was exposed to the court and left Magistrate John Smith no option but to impose a jail term.

Luckily for Geiger the sentence was fully suspended for a period of two years.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord told the court Geiger was caught driving disqualified on Gympie Road, Tinana, on December 16.

In the previous three years Geiger had been convicted of several similar offences, including charges of driving unlicensed and driving while under a demerit-point suspension.

Geiger apologised for his actions and the magistrate demanded an explanation.

He said he chose to drive because his mates were all drunk and he was sober.

“What’s wrong with a taxi or walking?” Magistrate John Smith said.

“The court told you not to drive.

“What you’ve done is a breach of the law and shows a complete disregard of an order made by a court.”

Mr Smith banned Geiger from driving for another three years in addition to the suspended jail term.

“Stay away from motor vehicles – don’t drive,” he said.

“You’re lucky you’re not going into custody right now.”



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