Man stole petrol for drive home

BENJAMIN Richard Pawelski stole petrol from a service station at Warwick so he could drive his family back to the Rockhampton region after their holidays in NSW.

Pawelski, 26, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to several charges, including stealing.

The court heard Pawelski drove off without paying when he'd put $43.51 of fuel into his red Ford Laser at a Warwick service station about 11.15pm on November 15.

The drive-off was caught on CCTV where his vehicle and person were identified.

Police also pulled Pawelski over on two separate occasions while driving on a suspended licence.

Police prosecutor Steve Atkinson said Pawelski had a substantial traffic history.

Mr Atkinson said Pawelski's vehicle was impounded for 48 hours after police pulled him over for an RBT at Cooee Bay in early January.

Defence solicitor Danny Yarrow said the car was still impounded. Mr Yarrow said Pawelski had worked in the mining industry.

Since leaving his job to move to the Rockhampton region he has been unemployed, though he is expected to start a job today.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw fined Pawelski $250 for the petrol drive-off and ordered he pay $43.51 restitution.

He also fined him a further $900 and disqualified him from holding a licence for seven months.



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