Esperance woman receives a suspended jail term for driving offence

A 30-year-old Esperance woman has received a suspended jail term after her fifth conviction for driving with a cancelled licence.

Jade Lynette Carr pleaded guilty to the driving charge on September 10 before Magistrate Brionie Ayling in Esperance Courthouse.

Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen said Carr was driving on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway at 11.40am on June 2 when she was stopped by police.

Her licence had been suspended due to outstanding fines.

Magistrate Ayling told the offender she was in a "precarious position", with four previous convictions for the same charge.

"Any more than three and we start looking at jail," the magistrate said.

Carr said she was at a friend's house who had been drinking. She said she received a call that her son was home alone and drove home to be with him.

Snr Constable Petersen said fines had not deterred Carr from driving, but conceded there was a gap since her last offence in 2017.

Magistrate Ayling accepted the offender was concerned for her son, but said she should have taken other measures to get home.

Carr was sentenced to a six-month and one-day jail term, suspended for six months, and was banned from driving for an additional nine months.

"It's basically jail hanging over your head," Magistrate Ayling said.