Huthwaite motorist jailed for flouting driving ban

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A DISQUALIFIED driver who claimed to be her mother to avoid police action after being pulled over was sent to jail for eight weeks.

Cleaning company owner, Joy Theresa Walbrook, of Cross Lane, Huthwaite, was stopped by police earlier this month.

The 40-year-old had been behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Combo when police had spotted her on Kingsway, Kirkby ‘swerving all over the road’ at around 8.20pm on 8th June.

When they pulled her over she gave the name of her mother, who is 68.

When police checked the details, she then claimed she’d had surgery to make herself look younger.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, she admitted to obstructing an officer in his duty and driving whilst disqualified.

The court was told how she had been banned from driving for three years in May for a drink-drive related charge.

In mitigation, Sarah Neale, said Walbrook knew she should not have been behind the wheel.

Walbrook was also concerned about her mother coping with their cleaning company if she was jailed, and leaving behind her 12-year-old daughter.

But ordering her to stand, District Judge Diane Baker said: “I’m giving you full credit for an early guilty plea, but this is deliberate flouting of a court order imposed weeks beforehand.

“You have previous convictions, you know you were not straightforward with the police and did not give them the correct details.”

She was jailed for six weeks for driving while disqualified and four weeks for obstructing the police officer, sentences which will run concurrently.

She was handed a further two-week sentence, to run consecutively, for the driving charge for which she was convicted of in May.