Smithfield woman's car seized following operation targeting disqualified drivers

Picture: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command
Picture: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

On Tuesday, June 25, a 27-year-old woman from Smithfield was convicted at Fairfield Local Court of driving whilst disqualified as a result of joint operation, with Cumberland Highway Patrol, targeting known disqualified drivers across the South West Metropolitan Region.

Earlier that day officers attached to Strike Force Puma were patrolling Smithfield about 9.50am when they observed a Silver Toyota Camry being driven by a target disqualified driver who was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence until 2020.

Puma officers immediately intercepted the vehicle and arrested the 27-year-old driver, who stated that she was on the way to court for another traffic matter. Upon her arrest the woman denied any knowledge of her disqualification, despite two previous convictions for unlicensed driving in April 2018 and again in April 2019.

She was conveyed to Fairfield Police Station where she was charged. At court, the 27-year-old was convicted of driving whilst disqualified and sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Corrections Order and disqualified from driving for a further 12 months.

On Wednesday, June 26 Strike Force Puma officers attended the woman's home address where she was served with a vehicle confiscation notice with her vehicle was subsequently seized and impounded for a period of three months.

Amendments to legislation in October 2017, now give police the power to seize and impound a vehicle driven by an offending operator, who has two or more convictions of driving whilst disqualified or unlicensed in the past five years.