Jesse Blackley, son of Wollongong's most prolific traffic offender, avoids conviction for driving unlicensed

Like father, like son? Jesse Blackley (left), the son of prolific traffic offender Jason Blackley, has avoided conviction in Port Kembla Court for driving without ever having held a licence.
Like father, like son? Jesse Blackley (left), the son of prolific traffic offender Jason Blackley, has avoided conviction in Port Kembla Court for driving without ever having held a licence.

The son of Wollongong’s most prolific and notorious disqualified driver has been busted behind the wheel without holding a valid licence.

Jesse Blackley, the 17-year-old son of habitual traffic offender Jason Blackley, who is banned from operating a motor vehicle until 2088, fronted Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday to face a charge of driving without ever having held a licence.

Court documents said police were patrolling the Warilla area on the morning of May 12 when they noticed a blue Nissan Pulsar perform a U-turn at the end of Trumper Street, then pull into a nearby driveway.

Police got out and approached the vehicle, discovering Jesse Blackley was the sole occupant.

When asked to produce his driver’s licence, Blackley responded “I don’t have a driver’s licence. Look I shouldn’t have been driving but I was just moving the car for my sister.

“I drove it down the road and then back into the driveway here just to get it off the road.”

RMS checks revealed Blackley had never held a driver’s licence.

He was issued with a notice to attend court and eventually pleaded guilty to the charge.

At the time, the magistrate agreed to adjourn the case so Blackley could attempt to get his L-plates.

His lawyer previously said he had failed the test a few times, however on Wednesday he was able to present a newly-minted learner’s licence to the court.

The positive development prompted Magistrate Mark Douglass not to record a conviction against Blackley and instead place him on a six-month good-behaviour bond.

However, he prefaced the lenient sentence by warning Blackley not to get behind the wheel without a licensed driver in the vehicle, asking him to think of people he may know who had continually driven without a licence and ended up in jail. 

Unfortunately, Blackley won’t have to look far for an example of what not to do behind the wheel: his father Jason has been in and out of prison most of his adult life for repeatedly flouting traffic laws, having been caught driving without a valid licence a whopping 27 times in the past 17 years.

The older Blackley, released to his most recent parole in June, turned up to support his son at a previous court appearance but was not in attendance on Wednesday.