Court hears how young driver Alastair Lewis gave a false name to police

A DRIVER gave police a false name when they stopped his car, a court was told.

A DRIVER gave police a false name when they stopped his car, a court was told.

Alastair Lewis, 21, was in Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty and driving without insurance.

Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, told magistrates that Lewis was stopped on the M62 westbound near Junction 23.

She said: “A police constable on duty stopped the car he was driving.

“They spoke to the driver and he gave his details as Carmel White.”

The officers checked the Police National Computer and found that the car did belong to Mr White, who did not match the description of the defendant.

Lewis, of Stretford in Manchester, admitted that he had given police the wrong details and had no insurance to drive the car.

He said he had panicked at the time.

Lewis also told police that he had been under the impression that he was insured to drive the vehicle.

He did however accept that this was unrealistic as the owner was 18 and therefore unlikely to have been able to afford the premium of having his friend insured.

Magistrates ordered Lewis to pay £215, including a fine, court costs and a victim surcharge.

His licence was endorsed with eight penalty points.

As Lewis has been driving for less than two years, his licence will be revoked by the DVLA and he will have to retake his test.

 

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