POLL: Warwick magistrate driven crazy by those disqualified

WARWICK magistrate Bevan Manthey has labelled disqualified driving a "real problem".

In sentencing David Peter Knight, 44, on Monday for driving while disqualified, Mr Manthey said disqualified driving had become a regular issue in front of the courts.

"I'm seeing more and more people in court for driving while disqualified," Mr Manthey said.

"I'm telling you now, we've got the paper (Daily News) here today and this has become a prevalent issue in society.

"People take the punt and I've heard all the bulls*** excuses.

"When I was in Ipswich it was a real issue too."

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Knight narrowly avoided jail because Mr Manthey said he did not give him his usual warning when he suspended his licence.

"You didn't get the full monty in terms of the warning not to drive," he said.

"You were driving for work purposes and providing an income for your family.

"But you've been fairly warned this time and although I'm not a betting man, I would wager that you will do time if you drive and get caught."

Knight was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for two years.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Malgorzata Magdalena Adamczuk received an $800 fine and was suspended from driving for seven months after she was caught driving at more than three times the legal limit.

A member of the public reported Adamczuk driving erratically before she was pulled over by police on Wood St about 7pm on April 19.

Police found an open bottle of alcohol on the roof and five bottles on the passenger seat.

When asked how much she had drunk, she replied, "too much".

She recorded a blood-alcohol reading of .161. She told police she was "extremely sorry".


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