This from yesterday's Newcastle Herald; Lifetime driving ban and nine months' jail PAUL Robert Johnson was in tears as he was banned from driving for life, jailed for a minimum of nine months and ordered to pay almost $4000 in compensation, fines and court costs. Johnson, 23, of Lewis Street, Greta. pleaded guilty in Maitland Local Court yesterday to dangerous driving. driving an unregistered, uninsured car with unauthorised plates. resisting arrest, two counts of stealing and three charges of driving while disqualified. Johnson's solicitor, John Logan, said his client's problems were all related to drug use. Before yesterday, Johnson had 18 previous disqualified driving convictions up to March 2000 when he was banned from holding a licence for a total of 87 years. Yesterday's disqualified driving convictions related to incidents at Tenambit on June 26 this year, Branxton on July 1 and Islington in the early hours of August 21. Magistrate Col Elliott told Johnson he had "a most unenviable record" and had to be jailed and given a lifetime driving ban to reduce his potential to seriously injure other people. Mr Elliott jailed Johnson for 18 months with a nine-month non-parole period for the disqualified driving charges, ordered Johnson to pay $2500 in compensation for a damaged Commodore, fined him $1200 for driving an unregistered and uninsured car with unauthorised plates and ordered he pay $195 in court costs. This ass was already banned for 87 years and was caught again; why wasn't he gaoled in 2000, for around three years or more? UNBELIEVABLE!