Sunderland man breached driving ban because his sister was in labour

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A MOTORIST banned after mowing a man down has been back behind the wheel.

Vincent Pattison mounted a pavement and hit his uncle with a car, before beating him up during a family feud in April last year.

The 29-year-old was given a suspended sentence and a driving ban by a court in October.

But Newcastle Crown Court yesterday heard Pattison, of Tadcaster Road, Thorney Close, breached the ban when he was caught behind the wheel on June 17, pulling up near a Ryhope school.

Pattison admitted driving while disqualified and with no insurance, which put him in breach of the suspended jail term and at risk of it being activated.

Tony Hawks, mitigating, said Pattison had driven to collect his daughter because his parents, who had been due to collect her, had to rush off to hospital when his sister went in labour.

Mr Hawks produced documentation to prove the baby was born that day, and said Pattison had otherwise been doing extremely well on the suspended sentence.

The court heard Pattison lost his job as an MOT tester after his last conviction, and his home as a result.

He has since found a new job with Nissan.

He was given a 12-month community order with supervision, a four-month curfew and 12-month driving ban.