‘Shocking record of driving offences’ lands man behind bars, for a few hours

File photo.
File photo.

A Ballarat man with a “shocking record of driving offences” was convicted and sentenced to a month in jail in Ballarat Magistrate’s Court this week. 

The court heard that on 24 December 2017, Donald Hearn was stopped at 3.15pm, while driving in Delacombe and was breath and drug tested.

When told he had registered positive for methamphetamine, he told police, “I thought it (the drug) would have worn off.”

Hearn was also found to be unlicensed and driving an unregistered vehicle with false licence plates.

Magistrate Ron Saines told Hearn he had an “astounding record of driving offences” and convicted him to one month jail with an aggregate fine of $600.

Hearn later appealed and was released on bail, with Magistrate Saines telling him he “must stay away from motor vehicles and must not drive.”