Wrong move for banned driver

DISQUALIFIED driver Curtis Codrington moved his car just 30 feet to avoid a gang fight and was spotted by police.Codrington was still banned for a previous offence when trouble began to brew between a group of about 20 youths in Cardinal Park, South East Suffolk Magistrates court heard yesterday He said a friend had driven him and several others into Ipswich that night in Codrington's car, but the car had already been spotted by police as a car belonging to a disqualified driver.

DISQUALIFIED driver Curtis Codrington moved his car just 30 feet to avoid a gang fight and was spotted by police.

Codrington was still banned for a previous offence when trouble began to brew between a group of about 20 youths in Cardinal Park, South East Suffolk Magistrates court heard yesterday

He said a friend had driven him and several others into Ipswich that night in Codrington's car, but the car had already been spotted by police as a car belonging to a disqualified driver.

Prosecuting Stephen Colman told magistrates that police drove around the Cardinal Park area, Codrington's car was seen being driven from outside Brannigan's, further along the car park to outside ASK restaurant.

He said police officers then went to the car and found Codrington in the drivers seat with a female passenger in the passenger seat.

It was confirmed that he was a disqualified driver and he was arrested and charged.

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The 19-year-old from Troon Gardens, Ipswich pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

Defending Nikki Miller, said that Codrington had arranged to go into town that night with some friends.

One of them was insured to drive Codrington's black Renault Clio and had been driving them around all evening.

She said: "They went to Cardinal Park where his friend went off with a girl he had met during the course of the evening.

"He left Mr Codrington with the keys to the car so they could get in and out if they needed to.

"An incident blew up with some youths and was getting closer to Mr Codrington's car and it looked to be getting out of control.

"He drove the car across the car park to avoid any damage."

Mrs Miller said videos had shown the large group looking like a fight was about to break out.

The court heard that Mr Codrington had held on to his car when he was disqualified as he was a builder and needed to be able to travel from site to site once the ban was lifted.

He was fined £100 and six points were added to his licence and he was also ordered to pay £55 court costs.

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