Disqualified driver rides straight back to jail

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A man caught driving while disqualified as he was on parole for similar offences has earned himself a one way ride back to jail. 

Jamie Carter, who has resided in Woolgarlo and Darlington Point, wept during the proceedings, right up until the moment he was told his worst nightmare was coming true. 

The 32-year-old was initially caught driving on March 26 at Griffith. 

Less than four months later his luck ran out yet again, pulled over for a random breath test in Wagga. 

According to the facts, on the second occasion Carter told police he knew he shouldn’t have done it and he didn’t want to go back to jail. 

Appearing via video link from Junee Correctional Centre, Carter will now remain bars after being convicted of two counts of driving while disqualified. 

The accused’s solicitor, Emily Winborne, told the court there was no excuse for driving on the first occasion, as he was simply heading to the shops. 

In relation to the second offence, Ms Winborne said her client had left the Riverina to stay with a friend and mentor and was returning to visit his father at his request. 

“When he arrived he was told his father had changed his mind which was very upsetting for him,” Ms Winborne said. 

Ms Winborne said Carter intended to catch a train, before a lift was offered which eventually fell through. 

“His record doesn’t do him any favours but he is someone who has had a difficult time due to his family history,” Ms Winborne said. 

“His friend is his biggest support and has previously got him in rehab and off ice.” 

Ms Winborne explained more of Carter’s distressing history in her submissions, including the ongoing harassment he had been subject to in jail. 

Magistrate Erin Kennedy said she noted Carter’s guilty plea at the earliest opportunity as she sentenced him to a total of three months prison. 

“You have breached a court order and you were on parole – it is extraordinary that you wouldn’t value yourself more to put yourself in that position,” Ms Kennedy said.  

“This is you letting yourself down.” 

Ms Kennedy urged Carter to focus on his friend and his decision making, rather than the stresses of his family and everything that was dragging him down.

Carter was disqualified for two years for both charges and will be eligible for release on September 19.