THE law has caught up with Scott Matthew Coleman and his contempt for it.
Coleman, who is just 19, has been caught driving while disqualified 16 times — 11 of those offences in Victoria since January 23, 2011.
He was given chance after chance to remain free but yesterday his luck ran out when magistrate Megan Greenwood jailed him for a minimum of two years, with another 12 months parole.
“This is really the most appalling record,” Ms Greenwood said when sentencing Coleman in Albury Local Court.
He appeared for sentencing on three recent matters in June and August.
“You have put yourself in this situation. You leave me absolutely no choice,” she said.
Police prosecutor Sgt Chris Toole said the only appropriate penalty was a long jail term.
“He has little or no regard for court orders and he continues to drive,” Sgt Toole said.
“I would be very surprised if this person ever gets a licence.
“He will have little or no say in where he sleeps tonight.”
Sgt Toole said Coleman had contemptuously told a probation officer preparing a report on him: “If they gave me a licence, it wouldn’t be a problem”.
Coleman, of Griffith Road, Lavington, was caught driving in central Albury about 11.40pm on June 22.
Police gave him a field court attendance notice after finding he was banned from driving until December 15 next year.
Then, Coleman was caught driving in East Street about 2.45pm on August 28. When asked for his licence, he said he didn’t have one.
The registration of the car he was driving had expired 13 days earlier.
Two days later, police doing random breath testing in North Street about 6.25pm chased and stopped Coleman.
His excuse for driving was he was going to visit his mother.
Coleman also drove while disqualified in NSW in March and August 2011.
Sgt Toole said NSW habitual offender legislation invoked by Roads and Maritime Services would probably ban Coleman from driving until 2020.
Ms Greenwood said the pre-sentence report indicated Coleman used illicit drugs as often as he could.
“You are in denial about the seriousness of your situation,” she said.
Ms Greenwood said an aggregate sentence was appropriate with one year in jail for each matter.
Coleman was disqualified for two years for each of the three offences.