A motorist who changed the appearance of his number plates after he was caught speeding on the A1 has today (Monday) been jailed for three months.
Kyle Nixon, 24, was clocked by a static speed camera doing 87mph in a 70mph limit on the A1 at Great Ponton on October 2.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how Nixon, from Kent, was sent a notice of intended prosecution by Lincolnshire Police as he was the registered keeper of the vehicle caught speeding, a Vauxhall Zafira.
The court was told after receiving the speeding notice Nixon telephoned the ticket office and claimed he could not be the driver as he had not been in Lincolnshire for two weeks.
Daniel Bishop, prosecuting, told the court Nixon asked if there was any pictures of the vehicle and was told to email the ticket offices images of his own car.
Mr Bishop said when the ticket office received three images of Nixon’s car on October 29 it was clear the appearance of the number plates had changed but not the registration.
Nixon sent the ticket office further close up images of his number plates on November 11 but finally admitted he was the driver three days later. During police interview he made no comment.
Siward James-Moore, mitigating, told the court Nixon initially did not realise that his journey had taken him through Lincolnshire.
Mr James-Moore said when Nixon finally realised he was the driver he tried to “wriggle off the hook”. Mr James-Moore added: “He was in a hole and kept on digging when he should have put his hands up.”
The court heard Nixon was a house-husband who cared for his four-month-old daughter.
Nixon, of Peal Close, Rochester, Kent, pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice between October 9 and November 14 last year, and speeding on October, 2. He was jailed for three months and also received three penalty points on his driving licence.
Passing sentence Recorder Ciaran Rankin told Nixon his actions struck at the heart of the criminal justice system. Recorder Rankin told him: “Having been caught, what followed was a series of acts of the upmost stupidity.”