$6000 in fines for 2-time hoon

ALBURY man Charlie John Newton is almost $6000 out of pocket after two high-speed driving matters that may have put a career in the army at risk.

Newton, 18, of Rivergum Drive, had been accepted into the army before he was yesterday convicted in Albury Local Court on charges of driving when his licence was suspended and exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

It was the second time in little more than three weeks that he had been nabbed by police near Port Macquarie for excessive speed.

Magistrate Tony Murray said Newton lost his licence on November 22 last year and was fined $2200 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

But he committed the same offence at Lake Cathie about 12.38pm on December 12 when doing 123km/h in a 50km/h zone.

Mr Murray queried a reference presented by Newton to the court suggesting he was a responsible young man in the wake of his grossly excessive speeding matters.

He said the second offence was “one of the worst examples of that type of speed”.

Mr Murray said Newton had only held his probationary licence for a short period of time.

Newton was put on a two-year bond, fined $1500 and disqualified for two years on the charge of driving with his licence suspended.

He was fined $2200 for the speeding offence, making a total of $5900, including the first fine.