Police catch banned Andrew driving car only insured to woman

Disqualified driver Andrew Coles was caught behind the wheel after police noticed the car he was driving was insured to a woman. The 54-year-old was pulled over in Ford Green Road, Norton, after officers carried out a check and discovered the car was only insured for a female to drive. They then found out he was in fact a banned driver, having been disqualified for six months under the totting up procedure on November 19.

Now Coles has been hit with a GBP289 court bill and handed six penalty points on his licence. Prosecutor Angela Trafford told North Staffordshire Justice Centre that police noticed the defendant's vehicle on April 24 and believed it was travelling at speed. "They conducted a check and the vehicle policy was to a woman and the officer saw the driver was a man," she said. READ: The beat up face of one of Stoke-on-Trent's worst burglars who's been jailed for 930 days

"The defendant was asked to stop. He was asked about his insurance. The officer ran a check on the Police National Computer (PNC) and was told the defendant was a disqualified driver until May 18.

Police could smell alcohol, but he blew zero for alcohol." In his police interview, Coles said he was angry with himself for his mistake. He confirmed the vehicle belonged to his wife.

He believed she had added him to the insurance policy. Coles, of Burnaby Road, Goldenhill, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. Robert Holt, mitigating, said the defendant believed his disqualification expired in April.

The fork lift truck driver can't resume work until he gets his licence back. Mr Holt said: "He has placed himself in a situation where you could further disqualify him. I am hopeful you will not and see it as the error that it was.

"It was a genuine mistake. It is very close to the end of the disqualification period. You could allow him to return to work."

Magistrates said it was an 'oversight' on the defendant's part. They said they would not give him a further ban, but reminded him he is still banned until May 18. He was fined GBP120 and ordered to pay GBP135 costs and a GBP34 surcharge.

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