Disqualified driver caught behind the wheel of vehicle


Darren Herse (45) of Hotwells Road, Bristol was caught driving despite being disqualified and having no insurance.

At approximately 11:00 hours on the 27th July 2017, Darren Herse was driving a grey Ford Transit on Muller Road, Bristol when his vehicle pinged an Automatic Number Plate Recognition Camera (ANPR) for a vehicle possibly being driven by a male who is disqualified.

Herse appeared before Bristol Magistrates on Monday 14th August, pleading guilty. He was given an eight-week curfew between the hours of 7pm-7am, ordered to pay court costs of £85, £85 victim surcharge and disqualified for 30 months.

CPS South West District Crown Prosecutor James Le Grys said: "Despite being disqualified from driving, Mr Herse still took the decision to drive a vehicle. If you get back behind the wheel of a car after you have been disqualified what you are saying by your actions is that you do not care what the Court says and this will not be tolerated."

Herse was also given an additional 15 hours of unpaid work for this breach of current disqualification.

James added: "It is an absolute offence. There are no exceptions in the law. If you are given a driving ban then if at any time during that ban you get behind the wheel of a car and go on the road then you are driving whilst disqualified."