Banned driver ‘made a stupid mistake’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man caught behind the wheel of a car while he was banned claimed he had made a stupid mistake, a court was told.

Dale Perrett, 62, of Lytham Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, put on up to 20 days rehabilitation supervised by the probation service and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Perrett after seeing him driving on Waterloo Road on May 16.

Checks showed he had been disqualified under the motoring penalty points totting-up system for six months on March 3.

At first he denied driving while banned, then admitted he had made a stupid mistake.

Allan Cobain, defending, said Perrett’s girlfriend suffered from epilepsy and had the use of the car under the Motability scheme.

Perrett could not give an explanation for why he was driving that day.

The car had now been returned to Motability.