Banned driver got behind the wheel because he was scared of losing his job

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A banned driver got behind the wheel to get to work because he feared losing his job when a left from a friend fell through.

Valerij Naumcik, 32, of Lark Spur Croft, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Prosecuting Marie Stace said officers stopped Naumcik after recognising the BMW 318 he was driving was registered to a female but had a male driver.

She said that after he was stopped and spoken to the force’s national computer showed he was disqualified until July 2015. This also meant he was driving without insurance.

She added that in interview he admitted fully to the offence and said he had been driving to work.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said that on the day a friend’s car had broken down.

He said: “He was scared that if he didn’t go to work he would lose his job and as such borrowed another friend’s car and drove it wanting to get to work.”

He added that when Naumcik was being charged he said ‘I regret that, what could I do? I had to get to work’.

A probation officer said Naumcik had engaged well with the service.

Magistrates ordered Naumcik to comply with a 12 month community order including 100 hours’ unpaid work.

They also disqualified him for two years – adding several weeks to his current disqualification.

For having no insurance, Naumcik’s licence was endorsed. Magistrates also ordered the defendant to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.