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Disqualified Ferryhill driver back on the road within a month of ban
A BANNED driver recognised by eagle-eyed officers tried to pretend he was someone else, a court heard today (Thursday, September 26).
Prosecutor Deborah Hodge told Darlington Magistrates’ Court that 37-year-old Christopher Garnett had been disqualified from driving for 26 months in July after being caught over the drink-drive limit.
Within one month of being given the ban, police working in Ferryhill spotted Garnett behind the wheel of a silver Renault Clio on Commercial Street and arrested him.
Garnett initially tried to fool the officers into believing he was the owner of the car – a friend who had lent him the vehicle without knowing he was banned - but in court he admitted to obstructing a constable, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
Mitigating, Jennifer Coxon said Garnett, of Coronation Road, Chilton, had broken up with his partner of 14 years and the couple had split their four children between them.
When Garnett was caught, he was on his way for a reconciliation talks with his partner at the time, and Ms Coxon said that he “panicked” when he saw the police.
Magistrates sentenced him to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
They also imposed a 12-month driving ban to run concurrently with the existing one and fined Garnett a total of £130 in court charges.