A WINSLOW man with a history of driving at high speed and while suspended has been fined $3000.
Greg Stennett, 24, of Warrnambool-Caramut Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving while suspended.
He was convicted and fined $3000 with $44 costs and had his licence suspended for another three months on top of his current 12-month suspension.
Police alleged that at 11pm on July 30, Stennett was travelling west along Fitzroy Road when he was intercepted by Warrnambool police.
He was found to be driving while suspended. Stennett had lost his licence for 12 months on April 23 after he was caught driving at more than 45km/h above the speed limit.
He also had a prior conviction in December last year for driving while suspended.
Defence counsel Xavier Farrelly said that earlier this year Stennett’s then partner was pregnant and making demands on him which led to the offending.
He said the offending was unlikely to reoccur as the relationship had ended.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the maximum penalty for a second offence of driving while suspended was two years’ imprisonment and a fine up to $30,000.
“Travelling at 45km/h above the speed limit is clearly too fast. You ignored that deterrent,” he said.
Mr Klestadt said that up until very recently Stennett would have received a mandatory one month in jail for a second offence.