A man driving without insurance and a licence claimed to be his own brother after police stopped him at the wheel of a BMW 5 Series car.
Aurimas Jansauskas (27) persisted with that claim for about an hour after being stopped at Barrier Bank, Cowbit, on April 28, Boston magistrates heard.
Nick Todd, prosecuting, said police went to Jansauskas’s home, where he produced a Lithuanian identification card with his brother’s photograph on it.
“The officer said clearly there was a family resemblance, but it wasn’t a photograph of the man he had stopped driving,” said Mr Todd. “It was at that point Mr Jansauskas saw sense and admitted who he really was.”
Jansauskas, of Saltern Drive, Spalding, was fined £225 for obstructing a police officer, £340 for driving without insurance and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points.
He was given no separate penalty for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
He must also pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Jansauskas pleaded guilty to all three offences.
Solicitor Daven Naghen said the £15,000 car belonged to Jansauskas’s partner, who fell ill while driving and he took over.
He passed his test in Lithuania but was disqualified from driving four years ago – although entitled to a licence now, he had not applied for one.
Mr Naghen said: “He asked the officers why he was stopped and they said ‘it’s a nice car.’
“Despite his attempts to fool the officer, he was rumbled within an hour. He is someone who perhaps made a foolish decision in difficult circumstances.”
Mr Naghen said Jansauskas had no history of cautions or convictions in this country.