A court has run out of patience with an Albury hoon driver who repeatedly fails to turn up because of claims he is sick.
Each time Jordan Frank Clarke's case has been listed in recent months, a letter from the 27-year-old has arrived instead.
Yet another such letter detailing flu-like symptoms was put before Albury Local Court this week.
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In other similar cases in recent times, because of concerns about the transmission of COVID-19, magistrates have been willing to adjourn charges for two to three weeks.
But police prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Pike put to magistrate Rodney Brender that perhaps the time had come for more substantial steps towards finalising Clarke's matters.
"Yes," he said, "Mr Clarke has been around for a long time playing the COVID game."
Mr Brender, who regularly states his opposition to frivolous case adjournments, agreed, deciding he would not accede to Clark's request.
Instead, he issued conviction warrants for Clarke's arrest on charges of dangerous driving and refusing to undergo a breath test.
Clarke was convicted and fined $500 for using an unregistered vehicle, $500 for using an uninsured vehicle, $500 for unlawfully possessing number plates and $500 for driving while licence suspended.
He was disqualified from driving for three months.
Police were patrolling on foot on May 20 at 5.15pm when they saw Clarke's Holden Commodore heading east on Ebden Street.
He accelerated harshly through a roundabout at Townsend Street and by the time he made it into Kiewa Street was speeding at up to 90km/h in a 50km/h residential zone.
He pulled into a car park at the Hume Street McDonald's and bought a burger.
Clarke was arrested and taken to Albury police station, where he refused to leave the dock to have a breath test.
Police suspected he hadn't been drinking alcohol, though he did appear to be affected by illicit drugs.