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Driver uses stolen plates “found in creek”


By Caitlin Bewley
(1st Yr Swinburne Uni)

Multiple driving offences saw a now Western Australian man face over $5000 worth of fines.
Sean Wyllie, an interstate truck driver, described his actions in the Bacchus Marsh court, over a yearly period as a “bad time in [his] life”.
The accused was allegedly caught on four separate occasions between July 2017 and February 2018, either driving whilst suspended or driving in unregistered vehicles.
It was on April 9 of this year that Wyllie was intercepted in Melton’s south, sporting stolen plates on his black Holden ute.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court the accused was travelling 162km/h in a 60km/h zone along Bacchus Marsh-Geelong road.
Upon noticing Wyllie’s excessive speed, police officers attempted to intercept the accused, to which he drove along the emergency lane in order to avoid stop sticks.
It is alleged that Wyllie avoided the stop sticks on two occasions before police were able to end the pursuit.
“He never attempted to stop in pursuit,” the prosecutor said. “The plates were also stolen on April 3 of this year.”
Upon being questioned, the accused allegedly told police that “[I] reckon I was doing 100 In an 80 zone. I found the plates at the creek and put them on my ute,” Wyllie told the court.
“I did the wrong thing. But I’m not a bad person. I do a lot of good things too,” he said.
Wyllie was convicted and fined a sum of $5024.30, his licences were also disqualified for six months.