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Banned Dersingham driver stopped in car by police as he took wife for Covid test

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A banned West Norfolk driver “panicked” and got behind the wheel to take his wife for a Covid-19 PCR test.

Jamie Culey, 27, was two months into a six-month disqualification when he was stopped due to the manner of his driving.

He was pulled over in Hunstanton Road, Dersingham, just a short distance from the couple’s home in Chapel Road.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53798931)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53798931)

Prosecutor Katharine Kibrya-Dean told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday that Culey had been banned on July 16 under the totting procedure.

He pleaded guilty to three further offences – driving while disqualified, and having no insurance or MoT - committed just after midday on September 11.

Miss Kibrya-Dean said: “He had his partner sitting next to him. She’d a positive lateral flow test and they were en route to collect a PCR test from Lynn – and that’s way he was driving.

“He made full admissions to driving and was aware of the disqualification.”

Solicitor Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said: “Mr Culey’s wife had tested positive on a lateral flow test and he says this panicked him.

“When she was pregnant with their youngest child she suffered with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties. So when this test was positive, he was in a panic.

“It’s not an excuse but I think it’s important you know the circumstances.

“He feared his wife was going to be very ill again. In fact, she was positive on the PCR test.”

For driving while disqualified, Culey was fined £200 and banned for eight months, which includes one remaining month of his previous disqualification.

For no insurance, he was fined £50 and there was no separate penalty for the MoT offence.

An order was made to pay £50 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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