Driver fined for engine swap car

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A YOUNG mechanic came down to earth with a crash when he ended up in trouble with the law after souping-up his car.

Police who looked under the bonnet of Daniel Phelps’ Ford Escort got something of a surprise, for they found a turbo-charged engine with air-filter and super exhaust.

Phelps had failed to tell his insurance firm about the changes.

The 22-year-old mechanic, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to withholding information to obtain motor insurance by failing to declare extensive modifications to his car.

He was fined £175 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Phelps on Marton Drive at 11.40pm April 11.

Ashley Fisher, defending, said his client had fallen foul of a vigilant officer who saw a young man driving a high-powered motor vehicle.

Phelps had replaced the Escort 1,600cc engine for a newer one and enhanced the car’s perfiormance.

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