Unlicensed driver off road for five years after crash

BEVAN Richard Dobbs won't be driving for the next five years... and shouldn't have even been behind the wheel.

The 52-year-old was caught driving without a licence on July 5, 2015, after a crash on Berserker St.

Dobbs' licence was disqualified in 2010 for five years after a previous traffic charge.

Dobbs faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court on a string of driving charges and a charge of possessing methamphetamine.

Defence lawyer Pierre Lammersdorf told the court last Tuesday that Dobbs panicked after the crash and left the scene because he knew he would end up back in court. However, 15 minutes later he returned to the scene of the crash with his nephew, claiming it was his nephew driving.

In October Dobbs was again caught behind the wheel driving to a service station, telling police he was going to buy a lighter because there was a storm.

In November police intercepted Dobbs on a pushbike in Rodboro St where he was found with methamphetamine.

The court heard Dobbs initially told police he had found the drugs in a cigarette pack prior to being pulled over and didn't know what it was.

Dobbs faced four charges, and Magistrate Cameron Press ordered him to probation for 10 months, sentenced to two months in prison and nine months in prison for two separate charges, to be served concurrently.

He has a parole release date in three months time and was disqualified from driving for five years.