Man caught driving for disqualified for fourth time

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

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A 26-year-old man who was caught for his fourth driving while disqualified offence while speeding on a scooter was jailed for four months last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

Evaldas Petrauskas of Union Street, Portadown had admitted a number of motoring offences at a previous court.

For driving while disqualified on April 29 last year he was sentenced to four months in prison and banned from driving for two years.

A concurrent two month term was imposed for not having insurance while he received a three month sentence for obstructing police.

He was also fined £100 for excess speed and £100 for not having a vehicle test certificate.

The case had been adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that at 11.40pm the defendant was detected doing 46mph in a 30mph on a scooter on the Seagoe Road.

Initially he gave false details but inquiries revealed he was disqualified.

A defence barrister said this was his fourth offence for driving while disqualified.

He explained that Petrauskas had bought the scooter and done some work on it. He was going to sell it for a profit but took a chance to take it to and from his work in Dungannon.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the offences clearly crossed the custody threshold and custody would be immediate.