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Inability to grasp letter costs $800

By Riverine Herald

AN ECHUCA man has told the court he kept driving while suspended because he didn’t read the letter telling him exactly that.

Jade Robert Fulton appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court recently to plead guilty to two counts of driving while suspended.

Police prosecutor acting Sergeant Sally Mannell said Fulton was observed sitting in the driver’s seat of a car at the Echuca Football Ground on January 25.

‘‘The engine was running and police approached the accused who produced a probationary licence,’’ she said.

‘‘Check revealed his licence had been suspended due to the loss of demerit points.’’

Acting Sgt Mannell told the court Fulton was caught driving again on February 20.

‘‘Police observed the accused driving on Sturt St, Echuca at around 9.50pm,’’ she said.

‘‘A field interview was conducted and the accused made admissions he had received the letter.’’

Fulton told the court he didn’t know at the first occasion.

‘‘I didn’t read the letter from VicRoads,’’ he said.

‘‘But the second time I did know and just couldn’t get anyone to drive me.’’

Magistrate Dr Michael King told him if he did anything like this again he would spend more time off the road.

He was fined $800 without conviction.