Learner driver took chance to collect wife

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When his wife asked him to collect her from the doctor’s a 25-year-old learner driver took the chance and drove but was detected by police.

Bruno Antonio Da Veiga Marracho Pinto, whose address was given to the court as Ashfield Manor, Portadown, admitted a series of offences last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

He was fined £250, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy, and given six points for driving without insurance on March 6 this year.

As well he was fined £60 for driving unsupervised, £40 for not displaying ‘L’ plates and £75 on each of two charges of having a defective tyre on his car.

The court heard that he was seen driving in Meadow Lane, Portadown, and he only had his young son in the car. The rear tyres were under the legal limit. He was only a provisional licence holder.

A solicitor said that the defendant did have insurance but it was not valid because he did not have a qualified driver with him.

He added that normally the defendant’s brother, who had a full licence, was with him.

But, the solicitor said, the defendant had received a call from his partner, who had a leg injury, to collect her from the doctor’s. He took a chance and was detected.