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Mum had migraine so told young son to take the wheel

Police pulled the Mackay woman's car over near Tambo and found her 15-year-old son behind the wheel.
Police pulled the Mackay woman's car over near Tambo and found her 15-year-old son behind the wheel. Valerie Horton FRA230512police5

A WALKERSTON woman who allowed her unlicensed teenage son to take the wheel for about 70km has copped a fine in court.

When police pulled over Amanda Jane Dodd's car and spotted her 15-year-old son driving, the 44-year-old told them a migraine had forced her to hand over control of the vehicle.

Dodd appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to permitting another person to drive while unlicensed on November 18, 2017.

 

Amanda Jane Dodd, of Walkerston.
Amanda Jane Dodd, of Walkerston. Facebook

Police caught out Dodd while she was about 800km south-west of Mackay, at the central west Queensland town of Tambo.

Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe provided the facts of the case to Magistrate Damien Dwyer.

" ... police were conducting static enforcement in Tambo and they've taken up with a driver," she said.

"Upon request by police, the juvenile driver was unable to produce a driver's licence and said to police that he was 15 years old...

"Further questioning revealed that the passenger, who is the defendant in this matter, is the mother of the juvenile driver and had allowed her son to drive the vehicle because she had a migraine."

Ms Larcombe said Dodd had allowed her unlicensed son to drive 70km from Blackall, despite knowing licensed drivers who would have helped drive the vehicle.

Dodd appeared in the court without a lawyer.

She was fined $250 and no action was taken on her licence.

No conviction was recorded.

Topics:  editors picks mackay mackay court mackay courthouse mackay magistrates court mackay police queensland police service tambo unlicenced driving walkerston


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