COSTLY BRUSH WITH THE LAW

By MADELEINE DOHERTY

MAKE sure you bring a toothbrush to court if you repeatedly speed, drink drive or drive while disqualified, because chances are you are not going home.

This week the Tweed Heads Court sentenced three people to jail after they continued to drink-drive or speed or drive while disqualified.

Brett James Martin, 42 of Burleigh Heads, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and speeding.

Martin was on his way to weekend detention at Grafton, (for driving while disqualified), when police clocked him doing 150 kilometres an hour in a 100 kilometre zone.

The court heard that Martin told police he was on his way to periodic detention and had to be there by 7pm.

"Unbelievable," Magistrate Jeff Linden said before he sentenced Martin to nine months jail with three months non parole and disqualified him from driving for two years, taking Martin off the road until 2010.

Martin has appealed the decision.

Donna Marie Dwight, 34, of Kirra pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and a high-range PCA.

Last New Year's Eve Dwight was driving along Marine Parade, Kingscliff, when her car pulled over 10 metres from Kingscliff Police Station. Police came out of the station alerted by the sound of heavy braking and skidding noises.

By the time the police reached the car Dwight was out of the car yelling at the male passenger.

A verbal argument followed and police stepped in.

Police told the court there was a strong smell of alcohol. A breathalyser test gave a reading of .170 and Dwight admitted she had never held a licence.

With several drink driving, driving unlicensed and speeding offences behind her, Dwight fronted the court yesterday and pleaded guilty.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said Dwight was well affected by alcohol, absolutely unable to drive and a risk to the public.

She had never held a licence and the message should have gone out to her in 2004 when she was given a suspended jail sentence for similar driving offences, Mr Linden said.

Dwight was sentenced to 12 months jail with a one month non parole period and disqualified from driving for four years until 2011.

Yesterday the Daily News reported on Patricia Irene Carey Smith, 56 of Tweed Heads West who pleaded guilty to high range PCA and driving while disqualified.

Carey-Smith was so drunk police found her slumped at the wheel of her car at a Tweed Head's intersection, incoherent and unable to walk from her car without help.

She was sentenced to 12 months jail with a two month non parole period and disqualified from driving until 2011.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said driving offences were the most common cause of jail sentences in the Tweed.



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