MANKIND is likely toset foot on Mars decades beforeserial offender Jovo Paul Arnold’s latest driving ban ends in 50 years time, in2065.
An existing disqualification to 2057 was extended by another eight years in Wagga Local Court on Wednesdayafter the 37-year-old Orange man pleadedguiltyto driving whiledisqualified, dangerous driving, resisting police andtwo counts ofrefusing to submit to a breath test.
Arnold was also jailed until September 29 next year and spend another four months on parole after release.
Appearing in court via video link with the Junee Correctional Centre and representing himself after sacking his lawyer, Arnold wept as he begged for psychological or psychiatric help and rebuffed magistrate Erin Kennedy’s advice that it was in his best interests for Community Corrections to prepare apre-sentence report on him before being sentenced.
“In the past I have told the truth and it got me nowhere, it worked against me so today I just want to get on with it,” Arnold said before reading a prepared statement.
According to undisputedfacts tendered to the court, members of thepublic alerted police to Arnold’s alarming driving behaviour in a luxury BMWX5 heading into Temora on the Junee Road on July 30.
Witnesses said Arnold–towing a boat–drove on the wrong side of the road and has several near misses with other cars and trucks at high speed.
A number of driverspulled off the road becausethey were“extremely fearful” of a collision anda surveyor standing on the side of the road was so scared he bolted.
Police found Arnold weaving on Hoskins Street and approached him when he stopped his car in Park Street outside the Railway Hotel.
“As police got up to the vehicle they could smell the overpowering scent of intoxicating liquor coming from the vehicle,” the facts said.
A person who had encountered Arnold on the road came up to police and said:“I’m glad you got him. I thought he was gunna kill someone. He was doing at least 180km/h on the Wagga road.”
An open bottle of beer was in the car’s centre console and a carton lay open on the front passenger seat.
After being stopped by police, Arnold abused them, refused breath tests, would not tell them his name, resisted being handcuffedand stripped himself naked in the cells of Wagga police station.
Arnold’s traffic record includes multiple driving bans for drink-driving and driving while disqualified going back 15 years.
He has been jailed before for these crimes.
In court, Arnold cried as he begged for help to“settle my stupidity down”and spoke of the damage he was doing to his wife and two children.
“They can’t rely on me and be proud of me,” Arnold said.
“I keep doing stupid things.
“I can’t provide for them in jail.
“It’s clear I can’t deal with this myself.
“Can the court help me to find someone?”
In sentencing Arnold, Ms Kennedy described his behaviour on July 30 as extreme in the face of someone who is not a driver for all sorts of reasons.
According to the facts, Arnold refused to undertake breath tests three times at the Wagga police station.
Police said he three replies were“No, I won’t”, Not the way I’ve been treated” and“No way, you didn’t say please, so no”.
Arnold will be 87 before he can apply for a new licence.
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