A MAN caught driving while his licence was suspended has been granted a conditional discharge and been placed on a bond after appearing before Bathurst Local Court.
Colin Roy O'Hara, 74, of Gormans Hill Road, appeared before visiting Magistrate Viney charged with driving with a suspended licence.
Police facts handed to the court told how police were patrolling George Street in Bathurst at 4.20pm on June 26 this year when they noticed a Ford Falcon travelling west along the street at approximately 30 kilometres an hour.
Police activated their warning lights and pulled the driver over for a random breath test.
They spoke to O’Hara, informed him of the presence of the in-car video, told him the reason for the stop and asked for his driver’s licence, which he produced.
O’Hara was given a roadside breath test, which produced a negative result.
Police returned to the police vehicle to check on the status of O’Hara’s driver’s licence.
According to the police facts, the accused followed and said: “Before you check it, I shouldn’t be driving. I don’t have any points left.”
Police conducted a check on the mobile data terminal which confirmed that the accused's driver’s licence was suspended on April 18, 2018 until July 17, 2018.
It had been suspended due to O’Hara’s number of demerit points.
Police asked the accused why he was driving knowing he was a suspended driver and, according to the police facts, he said he was unwell and had to make a visit to the doctor and had just left.
Ms Viney dealt with the matter by way of a Section 10 conditional discharge for 12 months.