Driver forgets he's unlicensed

DISQUALIFIED driver Matthew James Howlett said when his stranded girlfriend telephoned to ask him for a lift home on March 24, he didn’t think.

He just jumped in the car and drove, not knowing whether he had a licence or not, Howlett told Gympie Magistrates Court.

Howlett’s licence was disqualified in February for six months and, because this was his second driving offence in such a short time, police seized and impounded Howlett’s car. He said he had accepted he lost it because he couldn’t afford to pay the impounding fee and Howlett, 23, of Reads Road, Bucca, was disqualified from driving for two years and fined $1200.

In another traffic matter before the court, a Gympie man who “burnt rubber” while driving his wife’s car was told he probably suffered enough punishment already.

Joel Ian David Robertson, 25, was charged for making unnecessary noise and smoke on April 1 after police saw a car accelerate into Ferguson Street from Horseshoe Bend. Officers followed and stopped the vehicle and Robertson reportedly said his wife was going to kill him because the car belonged to her.

The court heard Robertson, of Brewery Road, Gympie, accelerated a “bit fast” around the corner however, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said that excuse was getting “a bit long in the tooth at his age”.

He was fined $300.

Gympie Times


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