A 71-year-old man was told if he came before the court again, he would “go to prison despite his significant ill health”.
The court heard Lyle Peterson was driving in Digger’s Rest on 29 January 2018, when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was driving with a suspended licence.
Peterson told police, “I thought it (the licence suspension period) was finished.”
Magistrate Stratmann referred to Peterson’s “very ordinary driving history”, including prior charges for driving while suspended in 2014 and 2015 and use of drugs while driving.
“Frankly, it is disgraceful behaviour,” Mr Stratmann said.
He imposed an aggregate fine of $1200 with conviction and cancelled Peterson’s licence for six months, saying “ if you come before the court again, you are in a position to go to prison, despite your ill-health.”