Ashmont man jailed after driving disqualified with two outstanding warrants

Wagga Courthouse
Wagga Courthouse

A Wagga man has been jailed after gambling with his freedom and driving while disqualified.

Ashmont’s Rodney James Pengelly was traveling in a Toyota Avalon on Mumford Street on February 20 when he was caught by police. 

According to documents tendered to the court, checks revealed the 32-year-old was disqualified until August 2018. 

Pengelly, who was also wanted for two outstanding warrants at the time, told police he held a current licence. 

Appearing via video link from Bathurst Correctional Centre, the court heard Pengelly was on a suspended sentence and unsuitable for both community service and an intensive corrections order. 

Pengelly’s solicitor said her client was helping his neighbour move house and decided to drive to transport the heavy items. 

“It was just around the corner but he acknowledges he shouldn’t have done it,” she said. 

“His baby daughter is being looked after by his grandmother while he’s in custody. 

“He now has a renewed focus and has sought out residential rehabilitation.” 

Pengelly, who pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, had his suspended sentence revoked and was sentenced to 12 months’ jail with a non-parole of six months.  

“I accept you have a problem with drugs,” Magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim said. 

“If you want to be a father to your child it’s not a good way to be a positive influence on her.” 

Pengelly will be eligible for release on August 19, having already served some of his sentence.