Unlicensed driver caught 3rd time
IT was third strike, nearly out for seasonal fisherman Dan Mittelstadt, whose car was seized by police on July 3 for driving unlicensed.
Repeat offender, Mittelstadt, 27, was before Gympie Magistrates Court charged with unlicensed driving. Police made an application to impound his car for three months because he had been convicted of unlicensed driving on two previous occasions.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jason Todman said Mittelstadt had also been suspended from holding a licence by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) because of unpaid fines.
He asked the magistrate to consider sentencing Mittelstadt to a suspended term of imprisonment “as a deterrent and perhaps a prod to go and get his learners when the disqualification period is over”.
“You’re getting a bit old,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said to Mittelstadt.
Mittelstadt, of Dryandra Court, Tin Can Bay, was disqualified from driving for four months and sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to complete 180 hours of community service instead of the impoundment.