Woman caught driving while disqualified when returning car home after another driver had been pulled over by police

REPEAT OFFENDER: A woman was disqualified from driving and issued a nine month suspended jail sentence in Orange Local Court on Monday for driving while disqualified. FILE PHOTO

REPEAT OFFENDER: A woman was disqualified from driving and issued a nine month suspended jail sentence in Orange Local Court on Monday for driving while disqualified. FILE PHOTO

AN Orange woman who was disqualified from driving until 2041 received an additional two-year disqualification in Orange Local Court on Monday. 

Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Nidal Abdi represented Mildred Jane Parsons in court where she appeared via audio visual link from custody and pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.

Magistrate Terry Lucas agreed to quash a habitual offender declaration but in addition to a two-year disqualification placed her on a nine-month suspended jail sentence due to it being the second time she has appeared in court for driving while disqualified.

“That is the minimum period I can give you, do not drive, if you do you will be back in jail,” Mr Lucas said during the sentencing.

The 36-year-old Noreen Place resident had been caught by police driving to her house at 9.55am on Wednesday, June 27.

Mr Abdi said Parsons was driving the car because a passenger had been pulled over by police when they were driving it earlier and she was worried the car would be damaged or stolen if it was left by the side of the road.

“It’s not a case to which Ms Parsons was driving around town,” Mr Abdi said.

He requested the court take into account her significant caring obligations for her children and her mother.

According to a police statement, police saw a white Holden Commodore driving north along Jilba Street and followed it until it pulled up in a driveway at Noreen Place. 

The statement said a police check revealed she had never had a drivers’ licence.

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