Payne Haas dropped the ball when he decided to drive to NRL training without a licence.
He perhaps would have got away with it had he not made another error – using his phone as he drove.
The rising Brisbane star has been fined $500 and lost his licence for six months after pleading guilty to the two offences.
Haas, 19, was scrolling through his phone at a red light in his suburb Redbank Plains as he drove to Broncos training last month when police pulled up alongside his white Land Rover.
They saw him head down with both hands on the phone.
He was pulled over but could not produce his learner licence because he had lost it due to demerit points.
Asked why he was on his phone, he said he thought he could do so because he was stopped at the lights.
The 194 centimetre, 119 kilogram prop appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday over the March 1 incident.
"Normally his de facto wife takes him to training," his lawyer Campbell MacCullum told the court.
"She unfortunately couldn't that day. He exhausted all avenues apart from, of course, calling a taxi."
Haas, who played his fourth NRL game in the Broncos' loss to the Wests Tigers on Thursday, did not comment outside court.
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