Pensioner tells police “Well done lads, you got me”

A PENSIONER who chose to drive to see friends even though he had no licence or insurance, congratulated officers when he was caught swerving across the road on his way home, a court was told.

When officers approached Malcolm Stewart, 73, of Cowley Road, Donington, following their pursuit of him he said: “Well done lads, you have done a good job, I have had a few drinks I’m not going to lie.”

Stewart pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Edward Johnson said police first saw Stewart at 4.10pm on Tuesday, August 8, pulling out of the Hammer and Pincers car park in Wyberton Fen.

They wrote that he was: “cutting us up and causing us to slow down.”

The court was told they followed him and noted he was cutting across the road and couldn’t take corners without swerving.

When he reached the Black Swan in Donington officers approached him where he accepted guilt, Mr Johnson said.

When asked for his licence and insurance he also said he didn’t have them.

However, when taken to the station he was unable to provide a specimen for analysis.

Defence solicitor Liz Harte said Stewart had made it clear to her that he had no quarrel with the police or the way he was stopped, in fact she said he was complementary about the way he was dealt with at all stages.

Stewart, who is retired, receives a state pension and carers allowance for his partner, who he looks after seven days a week.

She said he usually went out once a week and, unfortunately, this time ‘succumbed to the temptation to take a car with him, to drive’.

She said he had not wanted to be obstructive at the police station but had got himself worked up into a state where he was unable to provide an adequate specimen.

She added he had said he would not drive again and that the court would not see him again.

Magistrates gave Stewart a £120 fine for being unable to provide a specimen and a £120 fine for having no insurance and ordered him to pay £15 victim surcharge and reduced costs of £40.

There was no separate penalty for the charge of having no licence.

Stewart was also disqualified from driving for 24 months, but said to magistrates: “I’ll not drive again miss.”