Serial traffic offender avoids jail
A SERIAL traffic offender narrowly avoided serving actual jail time after appearing in the Warwick Magistrates Court today.
Lynette Jean Pearce, 48, of Warwick, pleaded guilty to a string of offences including driving without a licence, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and contravening a police direction.
The court heard Pearce was intercepted by Warwick traffic police on December 21 while driving on Sawmill Street near Warwick East State School.
She was found to be on a three-year driving disqualification at the time, but her dramas did not end there as she was also picked up for the same offence at Kalbar on January 22.
On that occasion Pearce was driving a vehicle she had purchased back to Warwick but it was unregistered and uninsured.
She later failed to show up in court as directed by a notice to appear with which she was issued by police.
The court was told Pearce had had six disqualified driving offences since 2007, with Police Prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan telling Magistrate Anne Thacker it was his view that it was time for actual jail time to be served.
Pearce had been handed a three-month prison stint back on October 2000 but was granted immediate parole on that occasion.
She had the same benefit of the court’s leniency again yesterday, after Magistrate Thacker heard she was caring for her husband who was seriously ill and would need to find alternative accommodation and care if she went to jail.
Pearce’s defence lawyer also told the court his client and her family were homeless as a result of recent flood damage to their Warwick home which was not yet repaired.
For the unlicensed driving Ms Thacker sentenced Pearce to nine months jail but with immediate parole and disqualified her from driving for a further four years.
Pearce was also fined $200 for driving an unregistered an uninsured vehicle.