Lying proves costly

A BONVILLE woman caught driving an unregistered vehicle tried to hide her true identity from police to cover up the fact her licence had expired.

Christine Westermair, 31, had her day in court this week trying to explain the roadside charade which happened at Boambee on March 9.

The court heard the mother of two was stopped in a Ford Capri for a random breath test at 4.25pm that day.

When asked to produce her licence, she told officers: “I’ve left it at home.”

With no identification, she told police she was Ulrike Westermair.

Checks with the RTA found the vehicle’s registration had expired in January and the vehicle was registered to a Christine Westermair.

Asked who owned the car, she told officers her sister did.

After extensive questioning she later admitted to police her name was Christine.

With her real name established police found her licence had been suspended previously and had not been renewed since its expiry in July 2009.

As a result, she was charged with driving with an expired licence, driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, and stating a false name to police.

Found guilty of the offences, she was fined $1500 plus $76 in court costs in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

The sentencing magistrate ordered her to renew her licence and make sure the vehicle was registered and roadworthy before getting behind the wheel again.

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