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‘I thought officer was waving’
9:57am Monday 8th October 2012 in News
A WOMAN who drove along a closed road moments before a carnival parade was due did not stop as she thought the police office flagging her down was only waving at her, a court heard.
The main road through Barnard Castle was closed and lined with hundreds of spectators waiting for the town’s Meet parade on June 4 when Sonya Moore drove along it.
The 43-year-old, of Railway Terrace in the town, then turned into King Street, but carried on, despite the efforts of a police officer to stop her.
In a letter to Newton Aycliffe magistrates, Moore admitted by letter failing to stop when directed by a policeman.
She said she had joined the main road at a point where there were no closed signs and had not stopped as she misunderstood the officer’s hand signals.
Moore said: “I did not realise his raised hand meant me to stop – I thought he was waving at me.”
Magistrates ordered her to pay a total of £135 and added three penalty points to her licence.