Dad’s parking costs points

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A father-of-three was arrested after he parked the car for his wife on a day out to Blackpool.

For Polish-born Lucasz Bartnik was banned from the road at the time he took over the wheel.

Bartnik, 28, of Ravenglass Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified without insurance.

He was sentenced to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community, ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge and had six motoring penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a police officer was on mobile patrol on Blackpool’s South Promenade when a Vauxhall Vectra registered as uninsured on July 26 about 5pm.

The Vectra did a u-turn and when police pulled it over Bartnik was driving.

On May 9 this year he had been been disqualified from driving for 30 months for an offence of driving while unfit through drink.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Bartnik’s wife had driven to Blackpool and she had insurance, but she did not like parking and asked her husband to do it for her.

Bartnik took over just to park, not appreciating the seriousness of what he was doing.

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