Esperance man sentenced over driving offences

A 40-year-old Esperance man was fined over three separate driving incidents in less than two months.

Paul Douglas Nicholls was sentenced in Esperance Courthouse by Magistrate Brionie Ayling on April 9.

Nicholls had been convicted in his absence of three counts of driving with no authority due to fines suspension at a previous date.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen told the court the offender was stopped by police on Norseman Road on December 19, 2018.

He offered no explanation as to why he was driving while his license was suspended.

Two days later, Nicholls was stopped by police on Harbour Road in Esperance.

He admitted that he was aware his license was suspended due to unpaid fines.

Nicholls said to police, "I tried to pay them last night, but I'm not too tech savy."

On February 1, 2019, the offender was again stopped by police on Norseman Road.

He told police, "I'm sorry officer. I was let down by a mate and didn't get picked up. I took the risk and you caught me."

Nicholls was given a global fine of $600 and charged $205.30 in court costs.

His license was disqualified for three months.