Sutton Bridge driver given suspended jail sentence for driving while disqualified

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man caught driving while disqualified on the A17 got behind the wheel out of concern for his pregnant partner, magistrates heard today.

Richard Garry, 31, of Lime Street, Sutton Bridge, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to the charge when he appeared in court in King’s Lynn.

He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of driving without insurance, for which no separate penalty was imposed.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, told the court that Garry had been driving a Ford Transit van when he was stopped on the afternoon of July 25 this year.

Database checks then showed he had been banned from driving for three years in October last year.

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client drove the van after hearing that his pregnant partner had fainted while at work.

She said he had not been able to find alternative transport and a labourer who worked for him and would normally drive the vehicle would have driven if he had attended work that day.

In addition to the suspended prison term, Garry was given six penalty points and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £115 victim surcharge.