Six-month driving ban for North Somercotes man after crashing car into a wall


A North Somercotes man took his mother’s car without her permission and crashed it into a wall, a court has been told.

John Looker, 49, of Wembley Road, North Somercotes, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that police found Looker at 2am on December 8 walking along the road at North Somercotes in a confused state.

He told them he had had an argument with his ex­wife and was looking for a payphone and they offered to drive him home, but then they discovered a crashed red Fiesta car which was registered in the name of his mother.

He admitted to officers that he had taken the car without permission and had crashed it into a wall when trying to retrieve his phone which had slipped off the seat.

He also admitted that he had no insurance to drive the car.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan invited Deputy District Judge Nalla Lawrence to impose a financial penalty because of the background to the case.

He said Looker suffered from depression and anxiety which had been exacerbated by news he had received just four days earlier about his father’s health.

He said Looker’s action were a ‘moment of pure madness’.

Judge Lawrence said, after reading a letter submitted to him from the defence, that there ‘appeared to be special circumstances’.

He imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and disqualified Looker from driving for six months. He was also ordered to pay a £15 surcharge and £50 in costs.