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Woman driving to ‘get a feed’ loses licence for two years

A young Roma woman driving to “get a feed” will have to walk for two years after she was busted driving when disqualified by a court order.

It was just three months ago when Jemma Rose Walters, 20, fronted the Roma Magistrates Court after she drunk drove three times the legal limit and crashed her car on the Warrego Highway.

On Tuesday, March 2, Walters fronted the same Magistrate, Peter Saggers, and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with a drivers licence disqualified by court order repeat offender.

The court heard at 6.55pm on February 5, Roma Police were conducting patrols on Bowen Street when they intercepted Walters.

“Police checks revealed the defendant held a P2 licence and was court disqualified,” police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said.

“Upon questioning, she said she was driving to pick up a feed and was aware she was disqualified.”

Walters is currently serving a 12-month probation order with an emphasis on a drink and drug driving program.

She did not have legal representation in court and told Magistrate Saggers that she understood it was a stupid thing to do.

“I apologise and I know I did the wrong thing,” Walters said.

Magistrate Saggers told the young woman that by repeatedly going against court orders, she ran the risk of going to jail.

“You just can’t keep making these stupid decisions,” he said.

“This is just stupid. You are running the risk of going to jail, as it’s seen as contempt of court.

“I’ve made an order saying you can’t drive … you get some leniency because it’s your first time, but there has to be some consequences.”

Walters was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for 24-months.

The conviction was recorded.


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