A LAVINGTON man with a penchant for driving, despite never having held a licence, has narrowly avoided jail.
Dean Curtis Honeysett, 22, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday on three charges of driving while disqualified, two of which occurred on the same day.
He pleaded guilty to the charges, as well as to two each of driving an unregistered and uninsured car with unauthorised number plates.
Honeysett had previously spent time in jail for disqualified driving and had 11 months on parole after his release.
The court heard that on December 28 last year at about 1.20am, Holbrook police pulled him over on the Olympic Highway at Yerong Creek.
The car’s registration had expired and affixed to the car were cancelled number plates from another vehicle.
Honeysett, who was driving from Albury to Wagga, told police he had never held a licence and police found he’d been disqualified from holding a licence for five years, between August 2008 and July this year.
Almost 24 hours later, at 11.45pm, police picked him up again in Ashmont Avenue, Wagga, where he underwent a random breath test. The test came back negative, but police soon discovered he’d been given an infringement notice earlier that day.
During a search of the car, police found a small knife next to the driver’s seat, which he said he had used when he had “had a feed earlier”.
Honeysett was charged and bailed to appear at court at a later date.
Police caught him behind the wheel a third time when patrolling Union Road about 4.50pm on January 5.
Officers saw him jump into the rear seat while the front passenger moved into the driver’s seat.
This car was also bearing registration plates belonging to another car.
Honeysett was again bailed after his solicitor said Honeysett suffered from anxiety and failed to comply with his medication regime.
Yesterday, magistrate Tony Murray sentenced Honeysett to an eight-month jail term that will be served in the community, by way of an intensive corrections order.
Mr Murray further ordered Honeysett be disqualified from holding a licence for another three years.