A banned driver borrowed his friend’s car to go to work because his own cycle was broken and he didn’t want to jeopardise his new job.
Marius Mikolaitis was spotted in South Fen Road, Bourne, at 5pm on October 23 by two police officers.
Shelly Wilson, prosecuting, said Mikolaitis was disqualified from driving by the Spalding court on June 11 this year – and the ban isn’t due to expire until October next year.
She said the Rover was registered to a former house mate, who donated it to Mikolaitis when he went back to his home country.
There was no insurance to cover its use by Mikolaitis.
She said after being stopped by police, Mikolaitis was “polite and co-operative” and accepted at the scene he was driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Mikolaitis (37), of Potters Close, Bourne, was given a year-long community order with 120 hours unpaid work when he appeared in court for sentence on Thursday. He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
His licence was endorsed with six points for driving while disqualified and endorsed for driving without insurance.
Mikolaitis pleaded guilty at a previous hearing when sentence was adjourned for a probation report.
Probation officer Kiran Patel said: “On that particular day his bicycle was broken and he had no means to get to work. What he decided to do, foolishly, was to borrow his friend’s car.
“He had just started a new job and he didn’t want to lose his employment.”