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Swaffham driver dodges a ban

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A West Norfolk driver who ran from police trying to pull him over has dodged a ban under the totting procedure. He had no licence, insurance or MoT for the car.

And seven penalty points imposed by Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday put 35-year-old Maciej Ochedowski on 13.

Twelve points leads to a disqualification but Ochedowski successfully argued that it would lead to exceptional hardship.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57537545)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57537545)

He told the court that were he to lose his licence, he would lose his job because he had no other means of getting there and his family’s home as he was the sole earner.

Ochedowski had been requested to stop by police in Factory Lane, South Pickenham, at 3pm on April 26.

“The defendant continued to drive on,” said prosecutor Katharine Kibrya-Dean. “PC Williamson noted that he turned round to look at him twice and continued to drive.”

Ochedowski, of Whitsands Road, Swaffham, eventually skidded to a stop and then got out an ran, evading the officer’s attempt to catch him.

“He was located in a nearby field,” said Miss Kibrya-Dean, who added that the defendant made admissions to the offences in interview.

He told police he bought the 54-plate Mercedes for £200 and used it to commute to and from work.

Ochedowski, who pleaded guilty to failing to stop for police and not having a licence, insurance or MoT, already had six penalty points from November 2020 for driving without a licence. In mitigation, he said four months ago he and his partner had been kicked out of their property when the landlord found out she was pregnant.

“My only opportunity was to move to Swaffham,” he added. “I was using [the car] purely to get to work [in Snetterton].”

As well as the penalty points for the licence offence, Ochedowski was fined £450 and ordered to pay £150 in costs and victim surcharge. There were no separate penalties for the other matters.

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