Grantham court: Disqualified driver caught giving girlfriend a lift home

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An offer to take his girlfriend home landed a man in court charged with driving while disqualified.

Marcin Szarejko, 24, of Hamilton Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to the charge at the town’s magistrates court and also admitted a charge of driving a car without insurance.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson told the court that on January 5 at 8.25pm police were in Bradley Drive, Grantham, when they stopped a Mazda because it had triggered their automatic number plate recognition device which indicated the car was uninsured.

Mrs Wilson said Szarejko admitted having no insurance and he was identified as a disqualified driver, having lost his licence for 12 months in September when he was convicted of drink driving.

She said the defendent had risked taking his girlfriend home because it was only a couple of miles away and he accepted this was “a very silly thing to do”.

Defending, Giles Tyas said Szarejko had completed four months of his ban and had taken a drink driver’s rehabilitation course reducing his ban by a quarter.

Mr Tyas described the offence as “opportunistic”. He said the car was outside his home and he decided to drive a short distance once. Szarejko had been in England since April 2012 and worked as an upholsterer. He lived with his parents, sister and her boyfriend.

For driving while disqualified, magistrates ordered Szarejko to complete a 12 month community order involving 80 hours of unpaid work. His licence was endorsed with six penalty points and he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.

No separate penalty was made for the offence of no insurance.