A 26-year-old man described himself as ‘stupid’ after driving four days before his 32 month disqualification was due to end.
Mark Watson, 26, of Tremayne Road, Nottingham was stopped by police on Rycroft Street at just after 4pm on January 17.
He had been driving his wife’s blue Peugeot, despite being disqualified from driving, Watson fully admitted his offence and said: “I have been stupid.”
Jim Buckley, defending, said his client had made ‘a genuine mistake’, incorrectly thinking that his disqualfication ended on January 1.
He added that Watson had even paid £34 to the DVLA for a new licence, and as the money had been taken out of his account he assumed he was OK to drive.
Grantham magistrates chairman John Reynolds said: “We accept that this was a genuine error not a deliberate attempt to breach your disqualification.”
Watson was sentenced to a 12 month community order, during which he must complete 80 hours of unpaid work and will be supervised by probation for six months. His licence was also endorsed with six penalty points, and he must pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.