A 28-year-old Scarsdale man who has never held a licence faces the possibility of prison after racking up multiple unlicensed driving charges.
Paul Bradley appeared before the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to 12 charges including multiple counts of unlicensed driving, failure to answer bail and one count each of refusing to undergo a breath test and theft from a shop.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Kent told the court between May 2013 and November 2015 Bradley was seen driving on four occasions. Bradley has never held a licence.
On one occasion Bradley told police he “can go get his licence, but I haven’t”, and on another said he could not afford the cost of obtaining one and was only driving to take his daughter, who has a disability, to appointments.
In May 2013 Bradley also blew 0.074 and in December of the same year refused to undergo a breath test.
Bradley was also charged with theft from a shop, after he and a co-accused stole a slab of bourbon and cola from a supermarket. Both accused fled the scene and were chased by an off-duty police officer who later arrested them nearby with the bourbon they stashed.
Bradley’s lawyer Erin Churchill said her client, who had four priors for unlicensed driving, understood he risked immediate jail time. “He accepts the court will take it seriously,” she said.
Ms Churchill told the court Bradley had reduced his offending since the birth of his daughters six years ago, but did not shy away from the fact there were limited sentencing options for the court.
Detailing the missed court dates, she said Bradley had issues with getting to court.
She added Bradley was the sole carer of his daughters who would suffer most if he were jailed. She also said the last incident was a wake-up call and he had not driven since. Magistrate Mary Robertson adjourned sentencing until February 16.
She told Bradley any further incidents of driving between now and February and he would be imprisoned. She also disqualified him from obtaining a licence for the next four years.
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