Kooringal man sentenced to prison after he was caught driving while disqualified five times within two years

TROUBLE: A man appears in Wagga Local Court for drug and driving charges.
TROUBLE: A man appears in Wagga Local Court for drug and driving charges.

A Kooringal man who claimed he drove disqualified to keep his business alive has been sentenced to prison and fined more than $3000. 

In Wagga Local Court on Wednesday, Avni Selman, 31, was convicted of 18 charges including negligent driving, possession of a prohibited drug and driving with an illicit drug in his system.

The Kooringal man, who was the sole driver for his own trucking company, was caught driving while disqualified five times in the past two years. 

On April 10 last year, Selman was caught driving around 120 km/h in a 100 km/h, before a search revealed he was in possession of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Selman's solicitor, John Weir, told the court his client had been suffering difficulty in his business and was substantially in debt. 

The 31-year-old was fined $3200, was sentenced to a total fixed term of 10 months’ imprisonment and could be off the roads for another eight years.