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Woman could face jail over traffic offences

A 47-year-old St George's woman was told she could face prison after she pleaded guilty this morning to a host of traffic offences.

Appearing in Magistrates' Court, Lee Ann Samuels admitted driving while disqualified, driving an unlicensed car, having no third party insurance, fraudulently imitating, altering or using a road traffic document and failing to notify the Minister of a change in particulars regarding her licence on May 24.

Samuels also admitted driving while disqualified, driving an unlicensed car, having no third party insurance and fraudulently imitating, altering or using a road traffic document yesterday.

The court heard that on May 24, police offices came across Samuels' car stationary and with the warning lights flashing on South Road in Warwick.

They noted that it appeared that people were attempting to help her jump start the car, but Samuels disappeared before they were able to speak to her.

And when the officers checked the car's vehicle registration, they determined that the licence had been cancelled.

In the second incident, officers noticed that Samuels' break lights were not working as she was driving along North Street in Pembroke yesterday.

After stopping her, the officers realised that the licence plate number on the vehicle registration document did not match the licence plate number of the car.

In court today, Samuels, who had seven warrants for her arrest for unpaid fines worth more than $5,000, insisted that she “was just trying to get to work”.

However, senior magistrate Juan Wolffe countered that her driving record “was absolutely atrocious”.

“You have listed here probably close to 30 offences, many of which are for an unlicensed motor car and no insurance,” he said, adding that she had put the public at risk time and time again.

“You have committed so many offences that we are now looking at possibly having you incarcerated.”

Mr Wolffe ordered a Social Inquiry Report and adjourned sentencing to August 4.

He granted $2,000 bail with a like surety and warned Samuels that he would remand her in custody if she appeared before the courts again.

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Published June 23, 2016 at 11:25 am (Updated June 23, 2016 at 11:25 am)

Woman could face jail over traffic offences

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