On today’s show we reported on the company director who, in spite of owning a “top of the range” BMW, pleaded extreme financial hardship in an effort to escape his driving licence being revoked after being caught doing more than 50MPH over the spreed limit on a motorway.
Yes, 42-year old company director, Dean Crawford from Blackburn was caught driving at 119mph in his brand new BMW.
Having already notched up 9 points on his licence for previous offences – two for speeding, and one for contravening a traffic signal, he faced a near automatic driving ban.
In spite of holding directorships for 3 companies including a water disposal business and a window shutter repair firm, he asserted that due to suffering a breakdown during lockdown, he was living on benefits totalling £975 per month, 35% of which went on rent.
He pleaded exceptional financial hardship as he suffered from various health issues and would be unable to afford taxis to go to the gym or see his mother and daughter.
Crawford who has previously owned a Mercedes AMG and an Audi, told the court he suffered from various health issues, including temporary paralysis after being stabbed in the spine in 2014.
After a period of physiotherapy, he’d since recovered the use of his legs but couldn’t walk far and required daily trips to the gym, both for his physical condition and to help his mental health.
Crown prosecutor, Matt Routley suggested that he consider selling the BMW and use the proceeds to pay for taxis and/or get a bike, but Crawford pointed out that once the driving ban expired at the end of 6 months he would no longer have the car.
He claimed that the gym was in the middle of nowhere on an industrial estate and would involve him getting a taxi to the bus stop, and the same on the way back so he’d be restricted to one trip a week and likewise the cost of transport to see his mother who lives in Manchester would be prohibitive and that visiting his daughter would be out of the question.
Magistrates rejected his claims and duly disqualified him for 6 months and imposed a fine of £120 + £136 in costs and victim surcharge.
Crawford is now planning an appeal to a crown court judge.
Perhaps he should have thought of the potential consequences before speeding and/or committing other driving offences!
In the second hour, I was joined as usual by Margaret Mills who this week looked at the life of the poet John Clare who spent some time in Essex at High Beach.
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I look forward t seeing you again next week,