A DRIVER who jumped a red light three years ago has appeared in court after police tracked him down and locked him up for the night.
Paul Donnelly was pulled over in July 2010 after he was seen driving a flatbed truck through a red light on the A1231 roundabout with the A19.
Donnelly, 44, was handed a fixed penalty notice, but when he failed to pay up he was summonsed to court, and found guilty in his absence of failing to comply with a red traffic signal.
Unaware of the proceedings against him, a warrant for his arrest was issued in December 2010.
Police finally tracked him down to his latest address of Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough last week, and he appeared in custody before Sunderland magistrates for sentencing the following morning.
Ian Jordan, mitigating, said his client was driving a “fully-laden” truck at the time and had to make a split-second decision, whether he would be able to stop or not.
“It would appear he took the wrong decision and he went through, marginally, a red light. His employer was notified. He assumed his employer would provide his licence to the police.
“This is a completely new experience for Mr Donnelly.”
Donnelly was fined £430 and was banned from driving for six months.