A charity volunteer was handed a suspended prison sentence after being twice caught driving his mother’s van when banned from the roads.
Luke Burrell of Ridgeway Close, West Bridgford must also do 100 hours unpaid work. He appeared before Nottingham magistrates where he admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The court heard that he was first stopped in Lincolnshire on September 2 and then on Uppingham Gardens on October 23. This was in breach of a one-year driving disqualification which lasts until May next year.
Lynford Fuller, mitigating, said that in October, Burrell “rather foolishly” decided to drive to work after being let down by a colleague who had offered a lift. His bosses have now made arrangements to get him to his job.
The transit van was owned by Burrell’s mother who used it for car boot sales.
Mr Fuller told the court that Burrell, 29, helps a football club which raises funds for a charity ward at a hospital.
At the time, he was facing family problems. Mr Fuller added: “He is now in a more positive place. There is no need to get back behind a wheel.”
Burrell was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. He must pay a £115 government surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.