Disqualified driver narrowly escapes prison

Court news
Court news

An Aby woman, who twice drove while she was disqualified from driving, has narrowly escaped a custodial sentence at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Wendy Reeves of New Street, Aby, admitted driving a Peugeot car whilst disqualified on March 1 on Tetford Road, Greetham and also a Ford Escort on Burgh Road, Skegness on June 8.

She also admitted driving without insurance on both occasions.

Reeves was appearing for sentence before District Judge John Stobart after her case was adjourned for reports from the Probation Service.

The court heard that she had been disqualified from driving in December last year for an excess alcohol offence.

Andrea Wilkes, mitigating, said Reeves had been in a ‘toxic relationship’ with an ex-partner and that that had been a contributing factor.

“This relationship has now come to an end”, she told the judge.

Judge Stobart told Reeves that when he had first seen the offences, which were a direct breach of a court order, he had thought she would have to go straight to prison, but said that the report from the Probation Service had caused him to change his mind.

For both driving whilst disqualified offences, she was sentenced to 16 weeks custody suspended for 12 months, to be served concurrently.

For the insurance offences, she was fined a total of £180 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

She was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and was further disqualified from driving for another 12 months.