Mandurah court sends repeat offender to prison

A man convicted in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday of his seventh driving under suspension offence will serve at least the next three months behind bars.
A man convicted in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday of his seventh driving under suspension offence will serve at least the next three months behind bars.

A man convicted in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday of his seventh driving under suspension offence will serve at least the next three months behind bars.

Travis Wayne Baird pleaded guilty to no authority to drive, driving under the influence, and providing false details in relation to the April 29 offences committed in Greenfields.

The court was told Baird had been pulled over for a random breath test on Lakes Road about 7.40pm when he blew .150.

He gave police a false name, but a search of his vehicle uncovered Baird’s wallet containing identification.

At the time of the offences Baird was a suspended imprisonment order for similar offences.

As well as the previous driving without a licence convictions, this was his second DUI and fourth excess .08.

With a five-page record of traffic offences, the prosecution said Baird had a “horrendous driving record”, and had put the community at risk.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Baird had been “given every opportunity”, but hadn’t learnt from previous punishments.

“Only imprisonment is the appropriate disposition,” she said.

Baird was sentenced to a six-month prison term and fined $200.

He was made eligible for parole, and was disqualified from driving for a further 30 months.