A Ballarat man who drove while disqualified to court-ordered community work before smashing into a woman’s car and lying to police is facing jail time.
Scott Davis’ driving offences were on Friday slammed by County Court Judge Liz Gaynor in Ballarat as sticking “a finger up to the court” and “remarkably cavalier”.
Davis, 33, pleaded guilty to four charges including perverting the course of justice, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 25 years.
The court was told the father of two drove while disqualified to unpaid work at a football ground in Bacchus Marsh on August 5, 2015, as part of a community corrections order previously imposed for driving while disqualified.
A corrections supervisor saw Davis arrive and leave in his car before he drove back to Ballarat.
Prosecutors said Davis exited the Western Freeway onto Ballarat’s Water Street when a woman stopped to give way and he failed to break in time, smashing into the rear of her vehicle.
Both drivers remained at the scene but Davis quickly became aggressive towards the woman, demanding she hand over her licence and $400 to pay for his vehicle.
Davis’ partner and co-accused, Sharnelle Hodge, arrived when Davis suddenly opened the victim’s passenger door and snatched her licence despite Hodge telling him to stop before the victim fled in fear.
It is alleged Davis and Hodge later lied to police in a “panic-driven decision”, saying it was Hodge who was driving the car at the time of crash and not Davis, whose driving offences stretch back years.
Hodge, who was in court to support Davis, became tearful as Judge Gaynor said he was facing three months behind bars on top of a community corrections order, which he will be assessed for on Monday.
“You’re probably going to do some jail time with it, do you understand that?” Judge Gaynor asked Davis.
“You’ve done yourself a favour by not offending in the last two and a half years.”
The case was adjourned until Tuesday.