Driver tried to lie to police officers

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man who tried to fool the police was caught out by his tattoos, a magistrates’ court was told.

Daniel Keating gave another man’s name when he was stopped by officers who then checked his identity on the police computer.

I am sorry. It was just a stupid moment

This showed the tattoos of the man whose name Keating had given did not match the ink art on Keating himself.

Keating then came clean, revealing he had lied because he had been caught driving his car while disqualified.

Keating, a 22-year-old labourer, of Marsden Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to obstructing the police and driving while banned without insurance when he appeared before a court.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, fined £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge and had 10 penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on February 28 at 10.15pm.

She told the court police saw Keating driving an Astra convertible on Woolman Road.

He then mounted the pavement as he parked.

When asked for his details he gave a false name and date of birth to police officers.

The prosecutor added: “A check with the police computer showed that Keating’s tattoos did not match those of the man whose name he had given.”

Keating had previously been banned from the road for five years until August 2018, for an offence of dangerous driving.

Keating said he had had the car about a week-and-a-half and was going to pick up his girlfriend.

He had a previous conviction for disqualified driving from 2013.

He told magistrates: “I am sorry. It was just a stupid moment.

“I have changed over the years.”