Warwick Court House
Warwick Court House

'I've had truck drivers that have lost everything over it'

MICHAEL John Martin was pulled up on the footpath outside a friend's house when he made a "stupid” decision that struck a nerve with a Warwick magistrate.

The 31-year-old was disqualified from driving but drove the car into the shade to make his partner and child, who had just been immunised, more comfortable.

Lawyer Clare Hine said it was at that moment the Warwick man was caught by police in February but driving was a stupid thing to do.

At Warwick Magistrates Court last week, Martin pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified along with five other charges, including stealing and driving an uninsured car.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said disqualified driving was one of his "pet hates”.

"You've got a shocking history and I get all the bullsh-- excuses with disqualified driving,” Mr Manthey said.

"I've had truck drivers that have lost bloody everything over it.”

Mr Manthey noted Martin had spent 30 days in jail and sentenced him to four years' jail but the sentence was suspended for two years. Martin was released immediately.

"It would be a different story out on the road, you were looking at 18 months at a maximum to do six with your history,” Mr Manthey said.



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