A very short drive to ‘‘test the brakes’’ on his car cost an unlicensed Corrimal driver his liberty yesterday.
Nathan John Hall, 22, was remanded in custody after being denied bail over allegations he was caught behind the wheel of the Nissan Pulsar on Saturday evening.
Wollongong Local Court yesterday heard Hall, who has never held a driver’s licence, was a habitual traffic offender, banned from even applying for a licence until 2024.
He is also in the middle of court proceedings relating to allegations he drove while disqualified on three separate occasions, all of which allegedly occurred in June this year.
Police documents presented to Magistrate Michael Stoddart yesterday said police attended The Avenue in Corrimal on Saturday night after receiving numerous complaints from the public alleging that Hall was driving his vehicle up and down the street.
Officers drove along the road about 9pm and allegedly saw Hall pull out of his driveway.
He only drove past three houses before officers pulled him over, documents before the court said.
When officers arrested him, Hall allegedly told them he was ‘‘just fixing the brakes and testing them’’.
‘‘I don’t trust anyone else to drive it [the vehicle],’’ he allegedly said.
Seeking bail yesterday, Hall told the court his father had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and he was the man’s full-time carer.
However, Mr Stoddart noted that Hall was awaiting completion of a suitability assessment for an intensive correction order (ICO) by way of punishment on previous driving matters before the court.
‘‘That means the magistrate is considering a jail sentence,’’ he said. ‘‘I have no confidence if bail is granted that you won’t do the exact same thing [drive disqualified] when you get out of here.’’
He adjourned the case to September 24.