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Man drove while banned to earn bonus

PUBLISHED: 09:34 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:55 01 August 2010

A 26-YEAR-old drove while disqualified so that he could get to work to earn his Christmas bonus, a court heard yesterday.

David Perry, of Joyce Road in Bungay, admitted driving his girlfriend's Ford Fiesta on December 5 even though he had been banned earlier in the year.

A 26-YEAR-old drove while disqualified so that he could get to work to earn his Christmas bonus, a court heard yesterday.

David Perry, of Joyce Road in Bungay, admitted driving his girlfriend's Ford Fiesta on December 5 even though he had been banned earlier in the year.

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, told Lowestoft magistrates court yesterday that Perry was stopped by police near his home and when they checked his records, they found that he had been banned from driving.

She said that Perry told police he thought his disqualification had ended in November, when it was actually due to run until next month.

James Hartley, for Perry, said that Perry needed to get to work at a turkey factory because he was working extra shifts in the build up to Christmas. He said: “He was going to drive to work on that day because his lift had let him down. He works nights and needed to make up the time to get his Christmas bonus.”

Perry was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for driving while disqualified, suspended for 12 months. His disqualification has also been extended for a further six months.

He was given a six month community order, for which he will be subject to a curfew on Saturday and Sunday nights, and ordered to pay £60 costs.

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