Despite having his driver's licence disqualified until 2037, a Griffith man has been sent to jail after being caught driving again.
Added to that, Jarryd Jerome Carberry, 30, also faced charges relating to having a stolen motorbike in his possession and faced Griffith Local Court via Audio Visual Link on Wednesday.
On December 31 in 2018 Carberry was seen by an unmarked police vehicle driving on Wakaden Street.
He kept driving despite police turning on their lights, until he arrived at a property on Curtin Street. He told police he didn't have his driver's license on him, saying "yeah I'm disqualified till like 2026 or something like that."
Upon checking, officers saw he had received his last disqualification in Wagga Local Court in January 2017, with the period ending in 2037. He was arrested and taken into custody.
In January 23 this year, police discovered a motorcycle in the garage of the house Carberry was living in when they went to arrest him on a separate matter.
Officers had information the Yamaha Timberwolf motorbike had been stolen from Saint Patrick's School, and when questioned, Carberry said the bike was his after paying a friend $100.
His legal representative, Angela Cheng, told the court Carberry said he admitted he should've known the bike was stolen due to the low cost of the vehicle.
She argued against prison time for the two offences, saying he had admitted and shown a desire to seek rehabilitation for his drug problems.
Magistrate Joy Boulos said he "continued to defy court orders" by continuing to drive while disqualified, and was not helped by his lengthy criminal record and an "abhorrent" traffic history for which he had been classified a habitual offender.
She added he was required to take "real" steps for rehabilitation.
Magistrate Boulos convicted Carberry for the stolen goods charge with a four month jail term backdated from January 1 2019, and a further 12 month jail sentence for the driving charge with a six month non-parole period. Another one year disqualification was added to his driver's licence.
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