Banned driver caught again

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A FATHER-to-be will begin married life with a 22-week suspended prison sentence hanging over his head for driving while disqualified.

Kristaps Laiminus (30), of Osier Road, Spalding, was stopped at the wheel of a Vauxhall Vectra in the town’s Maple Grove by a police officer who recognised him.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Laiminus gave a false name and address, but was asked to sit in the back of a police car while an officer searched the Vauxhall and found a letter in the name of Laiminus.

She said Laiminus then owned up, telling the officer “okay I will tell you the truth”.

Magistrates on Thursday sentenced Laiminus to a 22-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered him to do 75 hours unpaid work and to attend a thinking skills programme.

He was given a further three week prison sentence, to run concurrently and also suspended for 18 months, for obstructing police.

Laiminus, who pleaded guilty to both offences, was banned from driving for a further 12 months and must pay £85 towards prosecution costs.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Laiminus will marry his pregnant girlfriend on September 1 and their baby is due in November.

On the day of the offence, August 4, he had taken his girlfriend to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston because it had not been an easy pregnancy.

After they arrived home, a friend asked Laiminus for a lift and he was stopped during that trip.

Mrs Toal said the car belonged to a friend and it was “available for everybody’s use”.

She said Laiminus had already served a prison term and fully appreciated the seriousness of his position.