Grantham court: Driver was ‘cooling off’ in Five Gates

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A disqualified driver was found behind the wheel of a car in Five Gates Lane in Grantham.

John Docherty, of Canberra Crescent, Grantham, admitted driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

Mr Wood, prosecuting, said officers discovered Docherty parked in the car park in Five Gates Lane with the engine running at 1.15am.

Rob Arthur, defending, said Docherty had gone to the car park to “cool off” following a domestic argument.

Mr Arthur added: “It was a good decision to get out of a situation that could have escalated but a poor decision to actually take the vehicle.”

Docherty was sentenced to 120 hours’ unpaid work and must pay £85 in costs and a £60 surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for six months.

Chairman of magistrates George Hoyer said: “The aggravating feature is the fact you drove when you were not meant to be driving for three years and only had your licence taken away nine months ago so it should have been well in your mind.

“We recognise that getting out of the house was probably the right thing to do, but not in your car.”