Banned driver is caught behind the wheel during a police insurance check

A disqualified motorist was snared by police who carried out an insurance check and established he was driving despite having already been given a ban from the road.

Saturday, 16th December 2017, 3:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th December 2017, 3:05 pm
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on December 6 how Darren Ritchie, 29, of Derby Road, Chesterfield, was stopped by officers on mobile patrol on Derby Road.

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Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said police spotted his van and it was checked and it had no insurance and Ritchie’s details also revealed he was a disqualified driver. Ritchie pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, without insurance and without an MOT test certificate after the incident on October 11.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Ritchie was also banned from driving for a further 12 months.