Grantham court: Motorist ‘confused’ over ban

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The court heard how a driver was first stopped for being drunk and disqualified in Nottingham and then a fortnight later stopped again in Grantham.

Gheorghe Patriche, 25, of Southwark Street in Nottingham, appeared at Grantham magistrates to answer two counts of driving whilst disqualified.

The first occured on April 19 in Nottingham and the second on May 3 in Grantham, plus two counts of driving without insurance, and one count of driving over the alcohol limit.

After Patriche pleaded guilty to all charges, acting in his defence Rory Macmillan said that there had been some confusion on Patriche’s part over whether his disqualification had expired.

Mr Macmillan said that Patriche had informed him how he had actually been stopped by police another time between the dates of these two incidents, and because he was not arrested for being disqualified he thought it no longer applied.

The court was also told that Patriche had been driving the BMW because of a job opportunity, having stuggled to find work in Nottingham since moving from London.

Patriche was disqualifed from driving for 14 months, with the chance to reduce this by 14 weeks by completing a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.

Magistrates also ordered him to serve a community order in the form of 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £60, while his licence was endorsed with 6 penalty points.