Police catch driver twice
A MOTORIST ordered off the roads by the courts until 2031 was allegedly caught driving while disqualified, twice, by Coffs Harbour police at the weekend.
The 50-year-old Ballina man was stopped driving a Ford Laser by highway patrol officers on the Pacific Highway at Boambee on Friday at 8.55pm.
Checks with the Roads and Traffic Authority revealed he was serving a lengthy disqualification from driving.
The man was issued with an infringement notice and ordered not to drive the vehicle any further.
Remarkably, the hatchback was again spotted by the same police car crew, this time driving along Hogbin Dr at 1.55am.
Once again the vehicle was pulled over and once again the same driver was allegedly found at the wheel.
Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Brett Jackson said the man showed a blatant disregard for the law.
“He was arrested when he was caught driving whilst disqualified for the second time in the space of just a few hours,” Sgt Jackson said.
“It can be said this person has been a serial traffic offender.
“His traffic record indicates he should not have been behind the wheel of a car for at least the next 20 years,” he said.
Police said the man was granted strict bail conditions to appear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 2.
He has been charged with two counts of driving while disqualified.