BRODIE Halton’s failure to attend Albury Local Court to answer driving and other charges proved a costly experience after he was fined more than $2500.
There was an added sting when magistrate Megan Greenwood disqualified him from driving for six months.
Halton, 19, of Chambers Street, Albury, was caught driving twice in less than a month while his licence had expired.
He claimed he had a West Australian licence, but checks revealed a learner’s permit from that state had expired last year.
He was first stopped by police for a random breath test in North Albury about 9.30pm on August 6.
When asked for his licence, Halton could not produce it.
But he provided a bank card to confirm his identity and said he had a provisional licence in Western Australia.
Police attempted to check through a mobile data terminal and police radio, but links to that state were down.
Halton was told further checks would be done by police.
Those inquiries revealed his learner’s licence expired on November 11 last year.
Police went to his residence and gave him a court notice for unlicensed driving.
Officers were at the intersection of Mungabareena Road and Doctors Point Road about 7.25am on August 29 where an accident had happened.
A car drove slowly past the scene and into the Mungabareena Reserve.
Police identified the passenger and decided to stop the vehicle.
Halton was driving, claimed he had a licence, but could not produce it.
Police reported he was visibly shaken and confrontational in his responses to questions by officers.
They found an “ice pipe”, deal bags, a set of scales and less than a gram of methamphetamine.
Halton admitted the items belonged to him.
He was convicted in his absence on two counts of unlicensed driving, possessing equipment to administer a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited drug.