Crash driver not licensed, court told

MIKE WATSON
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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A teenage driver who seriously injured two cyclists in a crash was allegedly driving on a revoked licence issued under another person's name.

Jordan Lee Dobbyn, 17, of Tirohanga, near Taupo, crashed into cyclists David Joyce and Sirpa Lajunen near Kinloch on May 25.

The couple suffered extensive injuries, including broken vertebrae, a shoulder blade, deep cuts and internal bleeding and spent months recuperating in Waikato Hospital.

Dobbyn pleaded guilty in September to two counts of driving carelessly causing injury, and not guilty to driving on a revoked licence.

At a defended hearing in Taupo District Court yesterday, police alleged he was driving on a revoked licence issued under the name of Jamie Carlson, and that he and Jamie Carlson were the same person.

They had identical birth dates and the same home address, prosecutor Sergeant Toby Morgan said.

He told the court that Dobbyn had suffered head injuries when he was the driver of a vehicle that left the road and crashed into a bank in 2010.

His licence, in the name of Carlson, was revoked because of the head injuries.

Prosecution witness Anthony Duffy, of Baycorp, said he served a revocation notice from the Transport Agency on Jamie Carlson at Carlson's Tirohanga Rd home in October 2011.

Mr Duffy described Carlson, who identified himself at the door, as Maori, wearing glasses, of medium build, with a scar on his neck and head.

He was not asked in court to identify Dobbyn as Carlson.

Transport Agency medical officer Diane Grant gave evidence that the licence in Carlson's name was revoked because he was unable to give medical evidence of his head injuries.

Under cross-examination, she said there was no defined period for which a licence was revoked.

Constable Nick Weight, who investigated the Kinloch cycle crash in Poihipi Rd, said Dobbyn told police he had a suspended licence, revoked on medical grounds, and was waiting for ACC to give him the "all clear" so he could get it back.

Defence lawyer Peter Hardie said the revocation notice was invalid for several reasons.

He said police had failed to prove Dobbyn had driven on a revoked licence issued in the name of Carlson as they were unable to provide a link between Dobbyn and Carlson, and there was no admissible evidence connecting the pair.

Judge Phillip Cooper adjourned the hearing for a decision, and sentencing, until next month.

A defended hearing is scheduled in Taupo District Court on Friday for Dobbyn's father, Timothy Dobbyn.

He has pleaded not guilty to counselling his son to drive a vehicle before it crashed into the cyclists.

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