A court has heard how a 25-year-old who told police he wanted to "do better" since getting out of jail decided to drive disqualified so he could get groceries for his mother.
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On Wednesday, October 4, Dean Diggs, of Talbragar Street pleaded guilty, to driving during a disqualification period, in Dubbo Local Court.
Documents tendered to the court state Diggs previously held a NSW licence, but after a police pursuit his driver's licence was disqualified on April 4, 2023 until November 8, 2024.
At 9.40pm on Sunday, August 7 police were patrolling Talbragar Street in Dubbo when they saw a white Holden Commodore travelling east.
Police put on their warning lights and stopped the vehicle at the intersection near Brisbane Street for a roadside breath test.
Police approached Diggs and asked to see his driver's licence.
Diggs said, "nah, I can't, I don't have one".
Police conducted a breath test, which returned a negative result before checking his licence, which was found to be disqualified.
Police asked Diggs why he was driving disqualified.
"I just had to get some groceries for mum. I know I shouldn't be driving without a licence, I'm sorry, I'm really trying to do better since I got out," Diggs said.
Magistrate Garry Wilson convicted Diggs and fined him $300. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.
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