Disqualified driver jailed after off duty cop spots him behind the wheel
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A disqualified driver has been jailed after an off-duty police officer spotted him behind the wheel.
Carl Sherman was spotted driving a distinctive yellow Peugeot 208 in High Street, Old Whittington on 2 June by an off-duty officer who knew that he was banned.
Two days later the same car was seen by officers to reverse quickly and drive off at speed after spotting a marked police car in Gypsy Lane, Old Whittington.
While officers did not manage to stop the car, a few days later, while carrying out checks of CCTV in relation to another crime in Highfield Road, Chesterfield, the same officer who had seen him driving on 2 June found footage of Sherman getting into the yellow 208 and driving off.
During an initial interview the 34-year-old denied driving the car – but when the evidence from the CCTV footage was put to him, he admitted that he had been driving on all three occasions.
He was charged with three counts of driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. The 34-year-old was also charged with possession of heroin after being found with a wrap of the class A drugs when he was searched in custody.
Sherman, of Gypsy Lane, Old Whittington, was remanded to police custody and appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (14 June) where he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison, banned from driving for a further 12 months and must pass an extended test in order to drive again.
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