A South West man who drove an unlicensed car across the region while he was under the influence of drugs and then attempted to lie to police has been slapped with thousands of dollars in fines. Kevin Allan Craig Potter, 32, was stopped by police three times over four days while driving his Holden Commodore from Balingup to Manjimup in July last year. Police said the Bunbury man “tried to pull the wool over the police’s eyes on three occasions” falsely claiming he had purchased a temporary permit for his unlicensed vehicle. Potter was pulled over on Gifford Road in Bridgetown on July 20, South Western Highway in Bridgetown on July 22 and again on Rose Street in Manjimup on July 23. He was then stopped by authorities again on Graphite Road in Manjimup at 3.45pm on July 23 when he also tested positive to methamphetamine. Potter faced 13 charges including four counts of driving a vehicle contrary to a defect notice, four charges of using an unlicensed vehicle on the road, four charges of wilfully misleading a person performing a function under a road law and one charge of driving with a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He appeared again in Manjimup Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and was sentenced when he pleaded guilty to all charges. Potter had previously pleaded not guilty to one of the charges for driving an unlicensed vehicle and one of wilfully misleading the police, but changed his plea to guilty for the remaining two charges during his appearance last week. Magistrate Benjamin Tyers told Potter the court could not accept his behaviour because of his very poor record of driving and handed him a hefty list of fines and costs adding up to a total of about $5000. Potter also had his licence suspended for one year.