Motorist imprisoned for three months for impaired driving offence
A man who told the court he was driving while disqualified due to a grudge with a magistrate was jailed for three months.
Neville Sinclair Tucker, 55, pleaded guilty to driving on Union Street while disqualified and impaired on August 31, last year.
He also admitted not having a valid vehicle license, no insurance for the vehicle and having fraudulently altered vehicle documents on the same date.
Police spotted him driving north on Union Street, and pulled him over on The Glebe Road for having an expired vehicle licence.
Officers speaking to Tucker noticed that he smelled of intoxicants and had red eyes. They also noticed that the vehicle’s licence had been altered.
Questioned, Tucker told officers: “Your judge done me wrong. I was just going home.”
Magistrates’ Court heard that Tucker had been taken off the road for driving while impaired, and had been arrested twice previously for driving while disqualified.
After pleading guilty, Tucker told the court he had been wronged by another magistrate in a separate matter relating to a traffic collision.
“This is a judge that has done this to me,” he said. “I told them that if they don’t correct it then I’m going to keep driving because I have been trying to correct it for years and they are sweeping it under the carpet and that’s wrong.”
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner responded: “I really and truly don’t know what you are talking about, but your attitude is pure contemptuousness.”
He disqualified Tucker from driving all vehicles for two years and imposed a three-month prison sentence for driving while impaired.
Mr Warner also sentenced Tucker to three months for driving disqualified and 30 days for each of the other offences before the court, but ordered that all the time be served concurrently.