Suspended jail sentence for driver who had been banned until 2029

A MAN pulled over by police after having a “couple of beers” has been handed a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of drink driving and driving during a period of disqualification.

Jamie Lee Evans, 32, of Logan Street, Eglinton, appeared before Magistrate Ryan in Bathurst Local Court last week charged with the two offences.

The court heard the accused has been before the court on a number of occasions over the past two years for driving while disqualified.

On October 23, 2017, the accused attended Bathurst Local Court to face driving while disqualified matters and was declared a habitual offender and disqualified from driving until November 8, 2029.

The court heard at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 the accused was stopped by police for a random breath test. He was asked to produce his licence to which he replied: “I’m disqualified.”

Evans was subjected to a roadside breath test where he recorded a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Bathurst police station, recording a reading of 0.091.

In relation to his drinking, the accused told officers he “had a couple of beers”.

On the drink driving charge, Evans was disqualified for six months and placed on a Section 9 bond for a period of 12 months

For driving a vehicle during a disqualification period, Evans was disqualified for 12 months and also placed on a Section 12 Bond (suspended sentence) for 12 months.

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