A NURRABIEL man will complete community work after he was caught driving while disqualified three times in a month.
Rhyce Harry Wass, 27, appeared in Horsham Magistrates' Court on Monday.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of driving while disqualified, driving an unregistered vehicle and contravening a community corrections order.
The court heard that police caught Wass driving while disqualified on October 9 at Seymour. His driver's licence had previously been disqualified for speeding.
Police again caught Wass driving while disqualified on October 29 at Sebastopol. Police also discovered that his vehicle registration had expired eight days earlier.
Wass told police at the time that he was moving house and had no one else to help him.
Wass was caught driving while disqualified a third time on October 30 at Stawell. His car was still unregistered.
Wass was on a community corrections order at the time of the offending, but he hadn't completed the required community work.
Wass told the court that he "really stuffed up".
"I was a heavy drug addict for years but I've been clean since these charges," he said.
"I'm keeping my head down and trying not to do anything illegal."
Wass said when he was caught driving at Sebastopol, he was in the process of moving from Seymour to Nurrabiel.
He said he hadn't completed the community work in his community corrections order because he didn't have a way to get there.
"I failed with my communication, though, and should have let them know my situation," he said.
However, he said his circumstances had since changed, and he would now be able to do community work.
Magistrate Andrew McKenna said it was clear Wass was trying to turn his life around and deserved an opportunity to continue his community corrections order.
However, he warned Wass not to drive while disqualified.
"Driving while disqualified isn't a small offence, especially when you are continuously told not to do it," he said.
"It happens all the time. People think it won't matter, but if you are subject to a disqualification, you must not drive.
"I know it's difficult, but we can't have people on the road that shouldn't be driving."
Mr McKenna disqualified Wass' driver's licence for a further 12 months
He fined him $2500 and ordered him to complete 140 hours of community work.
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