Driver pays price for rushing partner to hospital
A MAN has lost his licence for four years after he claimed he was driving his partner to the hospital for urgent medical care.
Clinton Broome pleaded guilty in Murgon Magistrates Court on February 19 to driving without a licence, which was disqualified by a court order.
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the Moffatdale man pulled over for police officers for a routine check on Lamb St, Murgon, on December 15.
"There was a female sitting in the passenger seat and two small children in the back," he said.
The court heard Broome's licence was disqualified for four months by the Murgon court on October 18.
Sgt Stevens said the defendant told police he had driven from his home address in Moffatdale because the female passenger was in pain with a medical condition.
"When questioned why they didn't call the ambulance, he said it was quicker to drive the female himself," he said.
The court heard the police then escorted the vehicle to the hospital so the woman could get medical attention.
Police officers left and returned to the hospital later.
"Police went back to the hospital and staff said she had no initial injuries and had discharged herself," Sgt Stevens.
"She refused treatment at the hospital and subsequently went to a GP."
Representing himself, Broome said the incident happened at around 5am and the woman had a neurological condition.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said this was the defendant's second conviction for disqualified driving.
Broome had also driven on a disqualified licence before the incident on December 2, which caused the disqualified licence period to be extended to two years.
"Because there was another deliberate driving 13 days after the previous disqualified driving when you knew you were disqualified, I don't think totality plays a role," Magistrate Pink said.
The defendant's licence was disqualified for another two years.
This means four years of the disqualified licence in total.
Broome was convicted and fined $600 for the disqualified driving offence.