Banned driver gave false name

PANIC led a man to give a false name when he was stopped by police for driving while disqualified, a court was told last week.

Romans Sokolovs, of St Nicholas Close, Boston, gave his brother’s name when officers pulled him over in South Square, after he was recognised as a banned driver, magistrates heard.

The 25-year-old later admitted his lie and gave his real name and address, but not before he had been arrested for obstructing a police officer and driving while disquialified.

He pleaded guilty to both charges when he stood at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He also admitted driving with no insurance as a result of his disqualification.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, told magistrates that on July 4 an officer in an unmarked car and plain clothes recognised the car as belonging to Sokolovs, who he knew was banned from getting behind the wheel.

But when he was later stopped by uniformed officers he gave his brother’s name, rather than admit he was a disqualifed driver.

He was found out after the plain clothed officer described Sokolovs‘ distinctive appearance.

He was banned from driving for two years in July last year, after he failed to give a specimen for analysis.

Andrew Goldsborough, defending, said that the defendant had apologised for his actions soon after he was arrested.

He added: “Mr Sokolovs decided to drive because of a desire to get a better job as he had just found out that he partner was pregnant.

“There was no suggestion that he driving was of a poor standard.”

Sokolovs was given a 12-month community order with 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs.

Magistrates also said his driving licence would be endorsed with six points.