Driver’s handbrake turns

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A banned driver did a handbrake turn as he arrived on a petrol station forecourt in a silver Mitsubishi and was seen by an off-duty policeman.

The officer challenged Sam Tooke (23), of High Road, Whaplode.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said words were exchanged and then Tooke left, doing another handbrake turn as he headed off from the Whaplode garage along the A151 towards Holbeach.

The officer spoke to a member of staff on duty, who confirmed Tooke’s first name as Sam.

Tooke was arrested the following day, November 4.

The court heard Tooke was given two totting-up disqualifications – triggered when points on a licence add up to 12 or more – but it was unlikely he was present for the court hearings.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Tooke was not aware of the disqualifications and told her he only became aware of them because one of his friends had read something in the newspaper.

She said Tooke nevertheless accepted he was driving on the day in question, although he disputed the manner of his driving.

Tooke pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance and sentence was adjourned to December 19.