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Serial offender banned from driving for 24 yrs

A SEXTON man will not be allowed behind the wheel until 2038 and will spend the next few months in jail after driving five times while disqualified.

Serial offender Darius John Ohlsen, 53, has a long driving history that dates back to 1993 in the Northern Territory.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard this week he was battling cancer and struggling to keep possession of his home when he amassed a fresh stack of driving and criminal charges to add to his decades-old criminal and traffic history.

When he appeared in the Gympie court via video link from Maryborough Correctional Centre on September 8, Ohlsen was facing 21 charges.

These ranged from stealing a vehicle and possessing a knife in public to drink driving and breaching bail.

But his biggest problem was repeatedly driving without a licence, despite his licence being formally disqualified by the courts.

Ohlsen, a mechanic, faced five disqualified driving offences at his most recent court appearance, however Magistrate M Baldwin said that type of offence was littered through his traffic history and had become the downfall that led him all the way to jail on previous occasions.

"You knew not to drive and you still did," the magistrate said.

She said a charge of failing to appear in court was "indicative" of his behaviour to turn his back on court orders.

Ohlsen's most recent offending spree began when he was struggling with the impact of cancer, surgery, the potential loss of his home and other stressors. The court heard he turned to drugs after being clean for eight months.

Ohlsen's charges stretched to one count of stealing a car between January 4 and February 8 at Burpengary. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was ordered to pay $2800 restitution because the car was not recovered. Despite the variety of charges, it was the most recent charge of driving while disqualified that earned Ohlsen the highest sentence of 18 months jail, with a parole release date of February 18, 2015.

He was given a variety of other sentences, including lengthy disqualification periods.

"Throughout your life it's really been driving that's caused you (the most grief)," Mrs Baldwin said.

"You were already disqualified to 2033, and with these disqualifications it will be 2038 before you can drive again.

"It's just that constant driving that is getting you all these jail terms."

Gympie Times

Topics:  court, disqualified, gympie



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