Sunderland delivery man who drove while disqualified escapes further ban

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A delivery driver who drove while disqualified has escaped a further ban – because he did not realise he had been disqualified.

John McGlone, prosecuting, told Sunderland Magistrates Court that police were called to a two-vehicle accident in St Michael’s Way on February 13.

They spoke to Gavin Renton, who identified himself as the driver of a Ford Focus involved in the crash. Identity checks revealed he was a disqualified driver and he was arrested.

Renton, 35, of Sunnybrow, Silksworth, admitted driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance.

Denise Aubrey, mitigating, said court records showed Renton had been at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court when he was disqualified for six months, but added: “He was extremely confused and did not realise he was a disqualified driver.”

“The accident was not his fault – somebody went into the side of him. There was nothing about it, other than the fact he was a disqualified driver and should not have been driving. This was not a deliberate flouting of a court order. This was a genuine state of some confusion.”

Renton was made subject to a month’s curfew order and given eight penalty points.