A man charged with driving while disqualified twice in two days, was warned in Mudgee Local Court last week that another offence could land him in prison.
Colin Bron of Inglis Street, Mudgee, was sentenced to a 15-month Community Corrections Order and disqualified for a further six months.
In 2014 he had been disqualified until 2033.
At about 8.54am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, police were conducting speed checks on Douro Street, Mudgee, when they saw the 33-year-old driving through the intersection with Inglis Street.
Officers recognised him - and knew he shouldn't have been driving - so they followed and stopped him in Nicholson Street, where he told them he'd been taking his children to school.
At about 12.20pm the following day, police were parked in Perry Street, when Bron drove past. Once again, they were aware of his licence status and they followed and stopped him.
When he was required to hand it over, he said "I don't have it on me", however a check revealed the lengthy disqualification period.
Police asked why he was driving, to which Bron answered, "me mate dogged me and I had to go to the shops".
Magistrate David Day noted that these matters took the defendant to four offences, which with the October 2017 legislation reforms, would see another charge take him to another sentencing threshold.
"He knew he was disqualified and was running the risk of getting caught, if he does it again he'll run the risk of going to jail," he said.