A MAGISTRATE has told a man who twice drove disqualified in less than a month that he was lucky not to be going to jail.
Jesse Colin Vevers, 20, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court recently to one count of disqualified driving.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said police stopped Vevers outside Cotton On in Hare St at 11.39pm on November 24, 2017.
Checks revealed he was disqualified as a result of a conviction for improper use of a motor vehicle on November 17, 2014.
He then failed to complete a safe driving course by June 2015; a condition to get his licence back.
Snr Constable Hitchens said Vevers had been caught driving while disqualified a few weeks earlier, on November 4, 2017, resulting in a conviction and $300 fine.
Vevers, representing himself, said he had since completed a safe driving course and got his licence back on December 1.
The Kagome tomato harvest worker said having his licence disqualified again would severely affect his ability to work.
Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said driving while disqualified was considered a serious offence and not long ago, legislation would have seen Vevers go to jail for a second conviction.
‘‘The second time, you were in a position where you knew you shouldn’t have been driving,’’ she said.
‘‘However, if I take your licence now, I think that would be a step back.’’
Ms Leighfield convicted and fined Vevers $600.