Mum who lied to police is caught behind the wheel without a licence – again



A driver who gave her mum’s details when she was caught behind the wheel illegally has been back in court for further driving offences.

Claire Machin narrowly avoided going to prison in June after she admitted lying to police when she was stopped in a van – with no licence or insurance – holding a mobile phone.

Those offences took place last year, but the 40-year-old has been back before magistrates after police again caught her driving without a licence or insurance, in March.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers told North Staffordshire Justice Centre that Machin was spotted in Newfield Street, Tunstall, on March 4.

She said: “She was seen driving. She was arrested and taken to custody. In her police interview she said she had received a phone call from her daughter and driven to where her daughter was.

“She admitted she did not have a licence to drive the vehicle, or insurance. She said the vehicle was her mother’s.”

Machin, of Collinson Road, Goldenhill, pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

In the previous case, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Machin had been pulled over by police last October for using a mobile phone while driving her mother’s van. She pretended to be her mother, giving her details and signing the police report.

She later came clean, after her mother contacted the police. She was convicted of perverting the course of public justice, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, and using a mobile phone while driving. She was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180-hours unpaid work. She was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Taking that sentence into account, magistrates ordered her to pay a total of £287 in fines and court costs and gave her six penalty points.





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