TEMPTATION got the better of a Mansfield teenager who took the wheel in defiance of a driving ban, a court heard on Monday.
Police on patrol in Hardstoft Road, Pilsley, near Tibshelf, at 2.30am on 24th June saw a Citroen Saxo with a faulty lamp travelling at a low speed.
They stopped it in nearby Station Road and found driver Steven Smith was serving a two-year road ban imposed in October 2010 for a drink-driving offence.
Magistrates at Chesterfield were told that Smith had no insurance for the car, which was seized by police.
He smelled of drink but his breathalyser reading was exactly on the legal limit and he was not prosecuted for drink-driving.
Smith, who uses his mother’s address in Dalton Street, admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.
He was given 100 hours unpaid work and a one-year probation supervision order, including an alcohol treatment programme, with £85 costs. Six penalty points were imposed.
Melanie Hoffman, for Smith, said he bought the car to use after his ban expired but ‘temptation got the better of him’ after he drank some lager.
She told the court he had been thrown out of his mother’s home and the car also gave him an option as a place to sleep.
Smith, who had a short spell in the Army, gained a job, formed a stable relationship and kept out of trouble.
“Difficulties arose last December when he lost his job through no fault of his own and then he lost his home.
“He describes the offence as a stupid mistake which he regrets. Alcohol is an issue in his life and he wants to get back into employment,” added Ms Hoffman.