A YOUNG Gympie man has been jailed for a year after he pleaded guilty to driving an unregistered and uninsured car with a false number plate, while disqualified by a court order.
Brayden Anthony Lovett, 24, also pleaded guilty to failing to stop when required by police.
Gympie magistrate Chris Callaghan noted that Lovett had committed those offences in Brisbane Rd at Monkland on September 28, while still on a suspended sentence for an earlier offence of disqualified driving.
Police told Gympie Magistrates Court police stopped Lovett after seeing him driving at 12.48pm.
Lovett accelerated away from police and turned in Araluen Tce and was later located at the Phoenix Hotel, police said.
Lovett initially denied driving.
The court was told Lovett had previously accumulated a history of seven unlicensed driving charges, including four jail terms for disqualified driving.
“His compliance with court orders is poor,” police said, indicating breaches of community service and suspended sentences.
Fine Option Orders also had not worked with one accompanied by documentation indicating “nil hours” had been worked.
Lovett’s solicitor told the court Lovett knew his behaviour was stupid.
Mr Callaghan told Lovett the courts had ordered him not to drive but he had not obeyed.
Failing to stop for police was serious and the penalty had been boosted because police otherwise would have to chase drivers.
“Young fellows like you get killed, police get killed and the girl walking across the road gets killed.”
This was why the government had imposed a minimum penalty of $6500 or 50 days jail, cumulative.
He sentenced Lovett to a total of 12 months jail, with parole after four months, counting 18 days already served..
He was disqualified for three years