Repeat offender avoids jail time

A REPEAT disqualified driver has narrowly avoided jail after his latest offence.

Joshua Lee Baylis, 26, appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to his fifth offence for driving while disqualified.

The court heard he had driven an unregistered motorbike at Ravenswood in November last year.

A blood alcohol analysis revealed a reading of 0.016 at the time of the incident.

Magistrate Simon Brown said despite it being a very low reading it was Baylis's third offence under the legislation.

Mr Brown said he would normally jail a person convicted of driving while disqualified five times.

However, because Baylis's first three offences occurred about the same time he would spare him an immediate prison term.

Instead, Baylis was sentenced to four months' jail wholly suspended and disqualified from driving for two years.