Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Banned Drivers Handed Extra Time off the Road

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Banned Drivers Handed Extra Time off the Road

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Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au

THREE Toowoomba drivers are off the road for the next two years after being caught driving while disqualified.

A policeman on patrol doing car registration checks spotted Michael Anthony Smallwood Bougoure driving on Prescott St about 1pm on August 30, prosecutor Constable Amanda Winterburn told Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

Knowing Bougoure was disqualified from driving at the time, the officer pulled over the 20-year-old, who readily admitted he was aware he shouldn't have been driving, his licence having been disqualified for six months by the same court just eight days before.

His solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client had been quite ill that day and had decided to drive to get a medical certificate for fear he would lose his job.

As it turned out, Bougoure lost his job anyway as he needed to drive in that employment, Mr Stainton said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered Bougoure do 20 hours of community service and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for the mandatory two years. …

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