Car had no door, driver no licence

ALBURY man Kyle Reece Matthews found a sure-fire way to get police attention on the road, a court heard yesterday.

He was driving his defected Toyota coupe which had no driver’s door along a main street in Lavington about 7.10pm on October 7.

The car was without headlights, a front bumper bar and a shattered area of the windscreen obscured the view on the passenger side.

Matthews was sitting in his car at the traffic lights on Kaitler’s Road when police came along Kemp Street and saw the dilapidated condition of his transport.

He looked at the approaching police vehicle, accelerated harshly when the lights turned and disappeared down Barambale Way, which is about 250 metres north.

The officers lost sight of him and patrolled for a couple of minutes before seeing the vehicle parked in Cardo Drive.

They were taken to the back yard by the property owner and saw Matthews sitting in a chair.

He admitted being the vehicle’s owner and having driven it to the location.

That was when his situation went further downhill because it was discovered that Matthews did not have a licence.

He conceded he was not due to get it back until later in the month.

Matthews, 22, of Wewak Street, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to two counts of disqualified driving.

The court was told when police asked him about his vehicle’s condition, Matthews said: “It’s been defected. I think it still has a few days of rego”.

“I was getting it out of the place I was living at because I didn’t want it there.”

A check revealed the registration had been suspended due to a defect notice.

In a second incident police saw Matthews driving in Union Road about 2pm on October 23 and knew he was disqualified. He pulled into a shop, police followed him and asked for his licence.

“I have to go to the RTA to get a new one,” he said.

He was disqualified from driving for a month from September 24.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned sentencing until February 25 and ordered a pre-sentence report.