Driving ban for north Derbyshire man

Law and order
Law and order

A TRIP to buy milk led to a £600 court bill and a driving ban for a north Derbyshire man who took his girlfriend’s car without permission.

Police stopped David Bird as he drove away from a filling station and asked if he had insurance cover for the Volkswagen Golf.

“He said he hadn’t got a policy and admitted he had taken the car without the owner’s consent and he only had a provisional driving licence,” Peter Bettney, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

The court heard that Bird, 26, also known by the surname Harrison, already had eight penalty points on his licence and it was his second offence of driving without insurance.

“He accepts he has been really stupid. They hadn’t got any milk and he went to the local petrol station to buy some,” said his solicitor, John Wilford.

“He doesn’t live with his girlfriend though will shortly co-habit as she is pregnant with their first child. He was in the process of taking the theory test to get a full driving licence.”

Bird, of Brockway Close, Danesmoor, admitted taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance and a full licence on January 24.

He was fined a total of £515, with six penalty points and £85 costs, and was handed a six-month driving ban under the totting-up rules.