Driving history costs man his job and his freedom

HE MAY be on Centrelink now, but not long ago Michael Leslie Charles McPhee had a good job on a Central Queensland mine site.

Unfortunately for McPhee, a driver's licence is mandatory for miners.

His terrible driving history not only cost him that licence, it cost him his job and this week landed him in jail.

On Thursday in Rockhampton Magistrates Court McPhee pleaded guilty to driving unlicensed, the latest charge in what the court heard was a long traffic history.

His most recent court date was on January 6 in Mackay, where he was sentenced to three months' jail and disqualified from driving for 30 months.

But that didn't stop him - on July 13 he was driving down the Capricorn Hwy in Comet.

Magistrate Cameron Press was not impressed, and said obviously the previous sentences were not enough of a deterrent.

McPhee was sentenced to four months' jail with a parole release date of October 19.

He was also disqualified for a further three years.