HE’S disqualified from driving for 65 years but a South Tamworth man has been charged and accused of getting behind the wheel again.
The 34-year-old, who has never held a driver’s licence, is disqualified from holding a licence until 2078.
But police say he took a roll of the dice and was allegedly seen driving a white Commodore sedan in Barraba on Tuesday afternoon.
Oxley Highway Patrol Sergeant Brett Davies said police were astounded.
“It was a court disqualification, so a magistrate has imposed those penalties, not the RMS,” Sergeant Davies said.
“Whenever we detect that someone has a disqualification, there is a reason they have a disqualification – because they can’t be trusted behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
The man was stopped on the Fossickers Way about 2.50pm by Oxley Highway Patrol.
“The officer was tasked in the Barraba area for the day to do traffic enforcement and mobile random breath testing,” Sergeant Davies said.
“This driver was stopped for an RBT. While he wasn’t necessarily doing anything wrong in the sense of his manner of driving, we will be alleging that he supplied details that police were suspicious of.
“Police did a number of checks and we obtained what we believe to be the correct identity of the man.”
Police checks revealed the man is not allowed to hold a licence until he is 99 years old.
The 34-year-old was arrested on the spot and taken to Barraba Police Station where he was charged with driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period – second or subsequent offence.
He was refused police bail and appeared before a Tamworth bail court yesterday where he was refused bail by a registrar.
Sergeant Davies said the charge served as a warning to others thinking of getting behind the wheel again.
“It was just a random mobile breath test and it has resulted in this charge,” he said.
“The message in this is to anybody who wants to drive while unlicensed or drive an unlicensed vehicle, there is always a possibility through no fault that you will be stopped and asked to supply details ... and sooner or later you will be caught.”
The 34-year-old will remain behind bars until he fronts Tamworth Local Court on Monday.