28 March 2019

Woman whose licence was suspended since 2013 caught driving

| Lachlan Roberts
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A 51-year-old woman whose licence has been suspended for nearly six years has been caught driving by police twice in a matter of weeks.

Around 10:50 pm on 8 March, police allegedly detected a silver Mercedes sedan travelling 120km/h in a sign-posted 60km/h road work zone.

When police pulled over the vehicle, they found the driver’s licence had been suspended since April 2013 and that her vehicle registration had been suspended since March 2016 due to over $21,000 in unpaid traffic infringements.

The driver was released to be summoned to attend court at a later date.

Two weeks later, the 51-year-old woman was detected by police driving on Grimwade Street, Mitchell around 5:30 pm on 23 March.

Police allege the woman refused to comply with police and resisted arrest. She was taken to the ACT Watch House and charged with a series of traffic offences and resisting arrest.

She will face court on two counts of driving whilst suspended, two counts of driving an unregistered vehicle and resisting a territory public official.

ACT Policing Detective Superintendent Susan Ball said this incident was a timely reminder to drivers about settling unpaid traffic infringements.

“If traffic infringement notices are not disputed, withdrawn or paid, drivers can face adverse actions such as having their license suspended or their vehicle registration revoked,” Superintendent Ball said.

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