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Former Cougars star jailed for traffic offences

Two men were fined for traffic offences at Magistrates' Court this morning and one of them ended up with a prison sentence.

Heys Wolfe, of Southampton, a former Devonshire Cougars and Dandy Town striker, was jailed for ten days after driving while disqualified for a second time.

Wolfe, 34, pleaded guilty to four offences, including dangerous driving on South Shore Road, Paget, and failing to stop for a police officer after an accident.

On September 14, police witnessed a bike heading west and travelling more than 50km/h. The bike began to overtake a car and the police car on the opposite side of the road had to break to avoid a collision with him. At that point the defendant turned his vehicle around and sped off and police were forced to pursue him at high speed.

Two months later, on November 14, police found Wolfe and arrested and detained him. It was then revealed that he had no driving licence as he had been disqualified; he then declined to sign official documents. Wolfe was charged with failing to give his name and address and driving while disqualified. The defendant, it was found, had disobeyed a previous driving ban incurred back in March.

Magistrate Archibald Warner told Wolfe that to disobey a disqualification twice would likely result in imprisonment, and asked him if he had anything to say in response to the charge of driving while disqualified. Wolfe replied: “There is nothing I can say, I was wrong”.

Wolfe was fined $1,000 for dangerous driving, $300 for failing to stop for police after an accident, $300 for failing to give his name and address and $500 for driving while disqualified plus ten days imprisonment. He was also disqualified for driving for a further 12 months on completion of his current disqualification.

Meanwhile, a 34-year-old Devonshire man was disqualified from driving all vehicles for 18 months after pleading guilty to driving while impaired.

Javon Scraders wracked up fines amounting to $1,650 for driving while impaired and two other offences: driving with no licence and giving false information to police on arrest to which the defendant also plead guilty.

On June 15, police attended a single vehicle collision in Devonshire where they saw Scraders' damaged motorcycle and the driver nearby having sustained injuries as a result.

They asked him whether he had been drinking and he told them: “Yes, I have had a few drinks.” Blood samples confirmed the man was impaired.

He was fined $300 for giving a false statement, $150 and seven demerit points for driving with no licence, and $1,200 for driving while impaired in addition to his road ban.

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Heys Wolfe, right, in action for Devonshire Cougars in 2006

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Published November 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm (Updated November 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm)

Former Cougars star jailed for traffic offences

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