A MOTORIST who got behind the wheel while banned from driving has been given a four-month curfew and eight penalty points.
Carl Chase was caught out by officers who were conducting checks on vehicles in Sevenoaks Road.
After stopping the defendant, of Hadlow Avenue, and taking his details the results showed he was a disqualified driver and therefore not insured to drive the Ford Focus.
In interview the 30-year-old made full admissions and at Eastbourne Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to having no insurance and driving while disqualified.
Madeleine Priestley, defending, said her client had co-operated with the police.
She added, “When stopped he was asked if he was a disqualified driver and said he was.
“In interview he gave full and frank admissions he had been driving.
“He was going to see his grandmother who looks after his disabled aunt.
“Over Christmas his grandfather who I think is terminally ill had been taken to hospital.”
She explained that Chase’s grandmother was unable to go to the hospital so her client later visited her to explain what the hospital had said about her husband.
She added that usually a friend would drive the car. Why did he drive? He can’t say. He wasn’t thinking properly.
“He clearly wasn’t thinking straight and is remorseful.
“In addition, he is not a well man. He suffered from tuberculosis last year and as a result has various disabilities.”
A verbal report was carried out and probation explained that Chase had been remorseful and concerned about his grandfather, although accepted that was no excuse for his actions.
He received eight penalty points and a community order for six months with a four-month curfew, meaning he must remain indoors between the hours of 7pm and 7am. He must also pay £85 court costs.