‘Foolish’ driver was banned

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A driver stopped by police and found to be banned from the road was on his way to do court-ordered unpaid work for the community.

Stephen Harper had previously been disqualified for four years for an offence of driving with excess alcohol and sentenced to do payback work.

Harper, 29, of Lindel Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving while banned without insurance.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Harper in a Ford Focus on Blackpool Promenade in a routine check on September 13 at 9am.

He told officers he was on his way to do community service.

He had been banned for four years in October 2011 by Scarborough magistrates for a second offence of driving with excess alcohol.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Harper was late for community service work, so he foolishly took a risk and drove.

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