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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Police check caught out banned Cumbrian driver

A north Cumbrian motorist who called in to a police station found himself charged with driving while banned.

The Sheriff at Dumfries was told that while Darren Connell was at the station in Lockerbie regarding a separate matter, he was checked and found to be a disqualified driver.

In court, Connell, 36, of Liddle Road, Longtown – who operates a courier business – admitted driving while banned and using a car without insurance in Goods Station Road in Lockerbie in April.

Solicitor Ranald Lindsay said there had been a little confusion over the disqualification imposed in Carlisle under the totting up process and an appeal had been lodged, with Mr Connell under the impression he was able to drive at that time.

Unfortunately, he lost the appeal and the disqualification still has a couple of months to run.

Sheriff Mhairi McTaggart said that in the circumstances she would simply impose a two-month driving ban as the only penalty.

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