Man drove whilst disqualified and without insurance

A 23-year-old Grimsby man, who has been disqualified from driving on four occasions, was found in Louth driving a car, Skegness Magistrates Court has heard.

Wesley Coolledge of Belton Grove admitted driving whilst disqualified and without insurance on April 1.

The court heard that Coolledge, who was in custody, was stopped by police when he was driving a Vauxhall Astra on the A15.

It was said that at first he gave his name as that of the car’s owner, but after he gave a positive breath test and was arrested, he gave his correct name and admitted he was disqualified from driving.

He told police he had only driven because everyone else in the car was ‘more drunk’ than he was.

It was said he had been disqualified from driving in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011, when he was disqualified for three years.

He had been convicted of a number of offences, including driving whilst disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and aggravated taking of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

In defence, Andrea Wilkes said Coolledge went to Mablethorpe with three friends intending to stay overnight but had been unable to find accommodation so they were forced to drive home to Grimsby.

She told the magistrates that Cooledge thought the car owner was too drunk to drive and had felt pressurised to do so himself, not realising he was over the limit.

She pointed out that Coolledge had completed two thirds of his disqualification period.

Sentencing him to four months imprisonment suspended for a year, the magistrates told Coolledge that he had a persistent history of disregarding court orders and of driving whilst disqualified.

In addition he was ordered to observe a curfew from 8pm to 8am daily for three months and to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community.

Coolledge was also ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and was disqualified from driving for a further 12 months.