Wrong identity leads to court

A TEENAGER gave the wrong identity when police stopped him for driving a car illegally, a court heard.Prosecutor David Taylor told South East Suffolk Magistrates the youngster was stopped in Commercial Road, Ipswich, where he claimed he old enough to drive despite being 16.

A TEENAGER gave the wrong identity when police stopped him for driving a car illegally, a court heard.

Prosecutor David Taylor told South East Suffolk Magistrates the youngster was stopped in Commercial Road, Ipswich, where he claimed he old enough to drive despite being 16.

"He gave a false name, address and date of birth and said he was a 19-year-old," said Mr Taylor.

But the officer was not fooled and the school leaver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested.


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Accompanied by his aunt in court he told magistrates he bought the car and his friend was going to drive it.

His aunt added: "He has promised never to drive the car again and he is looking for work."

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The Ipswich youngster admitted getting behind the wheel of a car without insurance and minus a licence or an Mot certificate. He also admitted obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty.

Bench chairman Tony Baker gave him eight points on his licence for not having insurance – which meant the youngster now has over 12 points on his licence.

He was disqualified from driving for six months. No separate penalty was given for not having an Mot or licence and failing to produce his licence on an earlier date, which he admitted.

For obstructing a police officer on the course of their duty, he was given an 18 hour reparation order which must be supervised by a young offending team. He also has to pay £10 towards prosecution costs.

Mr Baker told him: "If you drive while you are disqualified it is a serious offence and you will end up in custody."

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