Driving without a licence leads to jail

Driving without a licence leads to jail

A MAN sobbed as his run of driving offences finally ended in jail time on Friday.

Travis Ian Petricevich appeared in Joondalup Magistrate’s Court facing his ninth sentencing for driving without a licence.

The court heard Petricevich was caught driving in Clarkson at 11.55am while his licence was suspended.

Duty lawyer Margaret McNulty said Petricevich believed he was allowed to drive because his licence was previously suspended because of fines but he had since paid them off.

But the current suspension was a court-ordered suspension for 12 months, not because of unpaid fines.

Ms McNulty said Petricevich had been on a conditional suspended prison order where he had “engaged to a certain extent”.

“There’s been some lapses but he made an attempt and has shown a willingness to participate,” she said.

She said she had also advised him he was likely to now trigger it.

“We are absolutely at that stage,” the police prosecutor said.

A distressed Petricevich insisted the licensing centre had told him he could drive.

“My mum is unwell,” he said.

“I never would have driven if the licence centre hadn’t told me I could.

“I never would have taken that chance.”

But Magistrate Sandra De Maio was not buying it, telling Petricevich the previous magistrate “told you what was what”.

Again Petricevich spoke up saying he was willing to continue his conditional programs and he now had no access to any cars.

“You said that last time,” Ms De Maio said looking at the previous transcript from January.

“The previous magistrate said this was your one last chance,” she read.

“She guaranteed you would be sent to jail for your record.

“She explained your licence was disqualified for 12 months and you cannot drive and you said you won’t.

“She said ‘from today, you can’t drive’ and you said ‘yes’ and your mum had sold the car.”

Petricevich said he had driven his sister’s car because he was “going to look at a job”.

“I can pay a fine now because I’m working,” he begged.

Ms De Maio said Petricevich’s pre-sentence report was also “not as glowing” as he would like it to be.

“It seems you want to engage but your performance doesn’t match your desire,” she said.

“Your record is horrible for driving and you just keep doing it.

“I have very little room to manoeuvre.

“You are going to jail today but at reduced terms.”

Petricevich was sentenced to 14 months in prison and he will be eligible for parole halfway.

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