Darlington driver ignored ban, court told

A DRIVER who got behind the wheel despite being disqualified has been allowed to keep his licence.

Robert Baines was stopped by police in an Audi A3 in Portland Place, Darlington, on January 15 despite having been banned for three years for a previous offence in February 2010.

The 32-year-old of Hundens Lane, Darlington, admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance at a hearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court.

Baines, who has 26 previous convictions, also pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and failing to surrender to police bail, which put him in breach of a two-year conditional discharge from September last year.

Baines represented himself in court and pleaded with magistrates to keep his licence - which was only returned to him after the ban ended a few days ago - as he is setting up his own business.

Magistrates gave him a 12-month community order with 12 months of supervision and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge, and his conditional discharge was allowed to continue.

Chairman of the bench, Glynn Wales, said: “We have taken a charitable view and taken your word that you are trying to set up this company.

“We are going some way to help you and allow you to drive. Watch your driving, that is the main thing.”

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3:22pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

If he can not set up his business because he has violated a driving ban that is something he should consider not the court.

I can't see what the point of having police is if these idiotic JPs hand out meaningless sentences

You don't get a 3 year ban for nothing but the message is "Don't worry just ignore it"
If he can not set up his business because he has violated a driving ban that is something he should consider not the court. I can't see what the point of having police is if these idiotic JPs hand out meaningless sentences You don't get a 3 year ban for nothing but the message is "Don't worry just ignore it" Homshaw1

7:43pm Wed 13 Feb 13

HSC says...

Unbelievable!
Unbelievable! HSC

11:56am Fri 15 Feb 13

hemmi1 says...

just hope the new business isnt metal recycling
just hope the new business isnt metal recycling hemmi1

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