Motorist drives three days after disqualification

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A court has heard how a motorist drove a vehicle just three days after being disqualified.

The case of Vytautas Norkus, (43), of Ashgrove Park, Lisburn, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, March 11.

The court heard that on October 31 last year, police stopped a vehicle that was driving on Corcrain Drive, Portadown.

Police spoke to the driver who identified himself as the defendant and confirmed he was the owner of the vehicle, with checks showing that Norkus was disqualified from driving for two months just three days previously (October 28).

Norkus also confirmed that he had no insurance to drive the vehicle and made full admissions during a notebook interview.

In his defence, the court was told Norkus was called to work due to staff shortages and he couldn’t get a taxi so he “took a chance” which shouldn’t have happened. It was added that Norkus has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and now travels to his employment with co-workers.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said: “Three of the most serious driving offences that you can commit are driving with alcohol in your system, driving whilst disqualified and not having insurance.

“You have now committed all three of those offences so the court takes that as a serious enough matter.

“Even though the court ordered you to be disqualified, you took the chance to drive and ignored the court order.”

The Judge imposed a four month custodial sentence for driving whilst disqualified and a three month sentence for driving without insurance to run concurrently, although this was suspended for 18 months.

Norkus was disqualified from driving for 15 months and was warned he would be given an immediate custodial sentence if he gets behind the wheel.

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