‘Danger’ driver is banned

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A learner driver who got behind the wheel while he was banned was described as a danger to the public by a magistrate.

Jack Halpin, 19, of Back Cunliffe Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, without insurance and breaching a court order.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community and told to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Brian Nicholson, told him: “The danger to the public was enormous when you were in the car. You had not passed a test and were disqualified.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Halpin was stopped by police in a routine check as he drove a Micra on St Edmunds Road on February 20. A check showed he had been banned from the road on February 3.

Halpin had not been present at the court hearing when he was disqualified, but he admitted receiving a letter informing him of the ban.

Martin Hillson, defending, said Halpin was caught while driving a short distance on an errand for someone. The stop was a routine check. There was no criticism of his driving.