Our client was charged with drink driving (2nd offence) and had his license suspended immediately with section 51 notice.
Before his court appearance, he decided to drive to work, knowing he was suspended. He was speeding 17 kph over the speed limit in a slip lane. Police stood in the lane and waved at him to pull him over. He saw them but drove past and the police officer hit his car with his hand but he refused to stop and sped away. Our client drove down side streets before pulling in to a random person’s address and abandoning his car with the ignition still running. A witness called the police and our client was last seen jumping over a back fence and running away.
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Moorabbin Justice Centre. The charges involved were:
- Driving When Directed to Stop By Police
- Fail to Obey Lawful Direction
- Drive Disqualified
- Exceed Speed Limit
The matter proceeded as a plea of guilty. During the case conference, we were successfully able to get the evading police charge withdrawn (which carries a 6-month minimum mandatory license suspension). His Honour ultimately fined our client with conviction but did not make any order against his licence. He was also granted a 3-month stay to complete payment for the fine.
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