Man drives without licence to get kids for Christmas
A MAN caught driving without a licence twice in three weeks will face a long disqualification period and cough up a moderate fine.
Justin Carlson, 34, was driving on Woodlands Rd, Gatton, when he was pulled over by police.
When they checked, police discovered Carlson's licence had been demerit point suspended.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor told Gatton Magistrates Court the Laidley man had been pulled over just after midnight.
"(He told police) he had borrowed the vehicle from a friend, stated he had been driving the vehicle that night and had just returned home," Sgt Windsor said.
"Checks revealed he was subject to a demerit point suspension imposed as of October 23, 2019."
Less than three weeks later, Carlson was caught again, this time during the day.
He was driving through Laidley at 12.20pm on December 22, when police pulled him over.
"Checks were conducted which revealed the existence of the aforementioned suspension," Sgt Windsor said.
The court heard the same officer who had dealt with Carlson only weeks earlier pulled him over the second time.
"(The officer) recognised the fact the defendant had been spoken to on both occasions on the status of his licence," Sgt Windsor said.
"The defendant stated he was doing a custody change over with his ex-wife and meeting on the other side of the road."
Carlson told Magistrate Kay Ryan that he had been going through a divorce and he needed to drive on December 22 so he could pick up his children.
"It was the only chance I had to get my kids for Christmas," Carlson said.
"And my parents weren't home to drive me which is how I've been (getting around) lately."
Carlson was fined $400 and served two disqualified driving periods to be served one after the other, totalling a year.