Illegal Newmarket Driver Jailed

18 November 2017, 07:14 | Updated: 18 November 2017, 07:16

Newmarket convicted driver

A 30 year-old man from Newmarket has been jailed after being convicted of a series of motoring offences in the town.

Joe Ebsworth, of Churchill Court, appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

At around 2.10pm on Saturday 11 November, officers were out on patrol and spotted Mr Ebsworth driving a Ford Focus carrying two passengers on Elizabeth Avenue.

The officers suspected that Ebsworth was a disqualified driver and around 25 minutes later the car returned to the address it had been seen leaving from and he was arrested.

Checks confirmed he was both driving without a licence and without insurance.

Ebsworth was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment, disqualified from driving for five years, fined £100, and ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge of £115 and costs of £85.

PC Jake Lees said:

"I am pleased by the sentence handed down by the court, as drivers who do not hold a licence and are uninsured pose a significant danger to other road users.

The court justified the handing down of a 20-week prison term as a direct consequence of the large number of similar offences he has committed and the fact that on this occasion he was also carrying passengers.

I hope this sends out a clear message to people who continually flout motoring laws that they face the prospect of custodial sentences, rather than just losing their driving licence.”