Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cricket Game Costs Driver a $1000 Fine

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cricket Game Costs Driver a $1000 Fine

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

A GAME of indoor cricket proved to be costly for Matthew Semiotas yesterday when he was fined more than $1000 for disqualified driving.

He was one of several disqualified drivers to face court in Mackay yesterday, including a man who totally disregarded a court order and drove just three days after losing his licence.

Semiotas was caught driving on East Gordon Street at 7.15pm on April 2 and he admitted straight away to police that he was a disqualified driver.

He was disqualified for a drink-driving offence in November, 2007, and was not allowed to drive until July 1 this year.

Duty lawyer Paddy Cullinane said Semiotas was honest with police.

"He hasn't got a cock and bull story as to why he was on the road," Mr Cullinane said.

"His mate was going to give him a lift but didn't turn up so he drove to go to the indoor cricket."

Magistrate Ross Risson told Semiotas: "You are going to pay a hefty penalty for a game of cricket. …

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