A QUANTONG man caught driving while his licence was suspended told police he was hungry.

Patrick Chenoweth, 27, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday last week to having driven while authorisation was suspended, having used an unregistered motor vehicle and having forged identification plates.

Magistrate Ian von Einem fined Chenoweth $500, with conviction, ordered him to pay $69.70 costs and suspended his licence for two months.

Mr von Einem warned Chenoweth could have gone to jail.

He said Chenoweth had driven after losing his licence before, and his new offending might breach an existing community-based order.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Belinda Ryan told the court that police officers stopped Chenoweth while he was driving in Horsham on May 9 at 3.30am.

Members found Chenoweth’s car was not registered and its expired registration plates belonged to a different car.

They also found his licence had been suspended due to a breach of a VicRoads bond for demerit point loss.

Chenoweth told police he had taken the registration plates from another vehicle.

He also said he was ‘desperate for something to eat’, having not eaten for three days.

Victoria Legal Aid solicitor Jacqui Parker said her client had an intellectual disability, was not well-organised and usually had a weekly shopping trip with a support worker.

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