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‘Candidate for jail’

By Riverine Herald

AN ECHUCA man who drove while suspended for the third time has been ordered to complete 50 hours community work.

Andrew Ralph Harland, 27, pleaded guilty to the charge in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Harland was stopped at the Coles carpark in Echuca about 9pm on May 27 last year.

Checks revealed his licence was suspended on May 4, 2017, for a month for speeding.

Being Harland’s third driving while suspended conviction, magistrate John Murphy told the carpenter he could go to jail for this offence.

‘‘You’re really a candidate for a jail sentence,’’ Mr Murphy said.

‘‘Back then I wasn’t sure whether my licence was current and I moved around a fair bit,’’ Harland said.

Mr Murphy told Harland to value his licence before convicting and placing him on a three-month community corrections order.