A THIRD lot of serious offences has put a former Warrnambool man behind bars.
Christopher McCormack, 24, now of Ward Lane, Everton, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink-driving, driving while suspended, breaching an alcohol interlock condition on his licence, speeding by more than 25km/h over the limit and failing to display P-plates.
He was jailed for six months, of which five months were suspended for 18 months.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said it was the third lot of serious offending by the defendant in about three years. He said the alcohol readings were not high but the maximum penalties for a third drink-driving offence included a fine of $25,000 or a jail term of 18 months.
“You decided the chances of you being picked up were worth the risk. I have acted as a coroner in similar cases which resulted in the driver being killed or they killed someone else,” Mr Klestadt said.
The magistrate said that on June 17, the day before McCormack was due to come to court on those charges, he had again decided to get behind a steering wheel.
“What that tells me is that you think you are special or different and thought you could ignore the law.”
McCormack was also fined $500 with $110.40 costs and had his driver’s licence disqualified for 18 months.