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Disqualified driver drove to Darlington police station
A DISQUALIFIED driver drove to a police station only to be arrested by officers as he left, a court heard.
Magistrates at Darlington were told today (Thursday, October 24) that 27-year-old Kenneth Walker was given a 12-month driving ban in March under the totting up points system.
He had to attend an appointment at Darlington police station for an unrelated matter on September 11 and despite the ban still being in force, he drove there in a car he had recently bought.
He was arrested when officers realised that he had driven himself away after the appointment.
Walker, of Chestnut Drive, Darlington, pleaded guilty in court to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Mitigating, Rory Todd said Walker had been a victim of internet fraud and the crime had affected his mental state, leading to depression and two suicide attempts.
He was attending the police station to complete a victim statement and Mr Todd said the stress of the case had affected his frame of mind in leading him to think that the driving ban had already ended.
Mr Todd added that Walker, a self-employed mechanic, had not worked for several months due to the stress of the case but was getting back into his job, hence why he had bought a car to fix up and sell on.
The case was adjourned until November 14 to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared.