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Friday, 26 December 2014

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Ulverston woman amended her insurance documents using ballpoint pen

AN Ulverston driver who tried to amend insurance documents using a ballpoint pen has been banned from the roads.

Claire Potts told a judge she “panicked” after she was stopped by police and discovered she was not insured to drive her daughter’s car.

The 51-year-old, of Cartmel Drive, Ulverston, was pulled over as part of a routine check just before 3am on May 17, Furness Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, told the court Potts contacted the insurance company after being asked to provide her documents, before panicking and trying to change the date on papers procured after she was stopped.

He said: “It is by no means a sophisticated offence.”

Potts, who represented herself, pleaded guilty to using a vehicle without third party insurance and altering insurance documents with the intent to deceive.

She explained she had genuinely believed she was insured on her daughter’s car when she was stopped and said: “Maybe I should have done it myself, but I presumed it was done. She went away overnight and I rang her to ask where the documents were and she said ‘I forgot all about it’.

“When my daughter came home she contacted the insurance, she got it done and ran it off the computer, and I just panicked. I know it was wrong.”

In a bid to keep her licence, the defendant explained to the court how she is responsible for getting her ill mum to and from hospital appointments and visiting her when she has to stay in.

But District Judge Gerald Chalk said this could not be classed as causing unnecessary hardship, and gave her six penalty points.

As a result, Potts was disqualified from driving for six months.

She was also fined £125 for the driving offence, £125 for the deception and £105 in costs.

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