A Masterton mother of three was convicted of driving while disqualified at Masterton District Court yesterday after she told police at 11.42pm on a Friday night that she "had to take her son to Caltex to get some lollies".
On October 19, Katie Marie Jensen, 31, was driving a Toyota vehicle on State Highway 2 when she was stopped by police north of Dannevirke. She had two occupants in the car. Jensen had been disqualified from driving until November 19, because she had accumulated excess demerit points.
When the defendant was stopped by police after exceeding 100km/h, she admitted the facts and said she had to take her son to Caltex for lollies.
Jensen stated in court that she had successfully completed a year of study and she was also bringing up her children - aged 9, 8 and 7 - as a single mother.
Judge Oke Blaikie directed her to complete 40 hours' community work, disqualified her from driving for six months and offered her some advice: "Can I suggest if you're looking at career opportunities and being there for your kids, stay out of court."