THERE was something familiar about Ashmont man Papa Morris to the Wagga police officers who approached his car in Mortimer Place about 2am on May 22.
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They quickly realised he was the man who had been charged less than an hour before with driving with a blood-alcohol reading of .212 – more than four times the legal limit –onFitzhardinge Street.

The Guinea national and now Australian resident, driving with a licence issued in his homeland, had his driving privileges withdrawn by police after this first arrest.

Despite being warned not to drive after being charged, the 23-year-old cleaner got behind the steering wheel again.

He soon came to police attentionfor speeding on Dobney Avenue –his unregistered Volkswagen Jetta clocked at 77 kilometres an hour in a 50km/h zone.

According to police facts tendered to Wagga Local Court, Morris turned left off Dobney Avenue into Chaston Street and then quickly into the dead end Mortimer Place.

“He was immediately recognised by the police as having been released from custody at Wagga police station at 1.30am,” the facts said

This time, Morrisblew .182, still more than three times the legal limit of .05, and was judged by police to be moderately affected by alcohol.

“I am so sorry,” Morris told police.

But Morriswas not so sorry that he stopped thumbing his nose at the law.

Less than three weeks later, on June 10, police saw Morris’car weaving on Colin Knott Drive near the Gobba Bridge about 12.10am.

After being stopped, Morrisreturned a low range reading of .065.

Morris on Monday was fined $1000, disqualified from driving for 18 months and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond for his first high range drink-driving offence.

He was given an eight-month intensive correction order, which includes 256 hours of community service and an alcohol ban, and disqualified from driving for three years for the second high range offence.

And he was fined another $1000 and disqualified from driving for six months for the third, low range, drink-driving offence.

Morris was fined $1274 on two counts of driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was convicted but given no further penalty for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h and two counts of driving after his visiting privileges had been withdrawn.

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