A GLAPWELL motorist caught defying a driving ban had gone to help his sick father, a court was told on Monday.
Police stopped a Peugeot 406 in Sycamore Avenue in the village on 1st August and checks showed driver Andrew Bagshaw was disqualified.
He had been banned from the road for 20 months last November for a drink-driving offence.
“He said it was the first time he had driven the car and it was to get to work and back in Nottingham,” Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.
“He said he thought his ban was 14 months and it was up, but if it had been only 14 months he would still have been disqualified.”
Bagshaw (40), of Church View, Glapwell, admitted driving while disqualified and was ordered to do 60 hours’ unpaid work, with £85 costs. The ban remains in force.
“He had driven for approxiamately 150 yards. It was his father’s car and he received a telephone call from a friend to say his father was unwell while out for a walk in the village.
“His father is elderly and has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. He was concerned and he jumped in the car to pick him up,” said Kevin Tomlinson, for Bagshaw.
He added: “En route back to the family he was stopped. He wasn’t driving to get to work - he wasn’t working at the time as he had lost his job.
“His father was a passenger in the front seat of the car and it is surprising that the police did not mention this.”