Police stop mud-covered car to find unlicensed driver over the limit (and eight more stories from court)


Provisional licence holder Adrian Cotterill was caught driving while over the alcohol limit.

The 38-year-old’s car was pulled over after being spotted by police in Hanley on February 16.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the officer’s suspicion was aroused by ‘the manner of his driving’ and the fact the car was covered in mud.

Checks revealed Cotterill only had a provisional licence. Officers noticed empty lager cans in the car’s central console and could smell alcohol on his breath, so asked him to take a breath test.

It was positive and Cotterill, of Kenworthy Street, Tunstall, later provided an alcohol reading of 59 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

Cotterill pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving while over the alcohol limit. He has a previous drink drive conviction from 2010.

He was not represented by a solicitor in court, but told magistrates: “I’m truly sorry for what I did, it was a stupid mistake.”

Magistrates fined him £120 and disqualified him from driving for 16 months. He must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.

SNEYD GREEN

Banned driver Daniel Kelly has been handed a prison sentence after he was convicted of driving while disqualified for the third time.

Police stopped the 42-year-old while he was driving a Vauxhall Insignia in Etruria Road, Hartshill, on February 14.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard checks revealed Kelly was wanted for recall to prison, and was driving while disqualified and without insurance. His disqualification was due to end on February 20.

Kelly, of Kingsclere Grove, Sneyd Green, went on to plead guilty to driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance. The court heard he had two previous convictions for disqualified driving.

Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said Kelly was due to be released from prison next week. She added: “The defendant thought his disqualification had expired. He was test-driving a friend’s vehicle so when he had his licence back he would have a vehicle.”

Magistrates handed Kelly an eight-week prison sentence and disqualified him from driving for 12 months. He must pay a £128 victim surcharge.

NEWCASTLE

Teenager Levi Murray has denied breaching Covid-19 restrictions.

The 18-year-old appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre charged with participating in an unlawful gathering in Biddulph during the national lockdown in November.

The court heard the case has been brought to court because Murray, of Derwent Place, Newcastle, failed to pay a fixed penalty notice he received from the police.

James Hulse, representing Murray, said there were issues with the case and asked for an adjournment to clarify matters with the Crown Prosecution Service. The case was relisted for March 16.


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TUNSTALL

Delivery driver Jasvir Singh has been fined after he was found in a car while over the limit for drugs.

Police saw the 26-year-old sitting in his Mitsubishi Colt while parked up at the Odeon Cinema at Festival Park.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard officers could smell cannabis and asked Singh to do a drugs swipe, which was positive. He was later found to be over he limit for the cannabis derivative THC.

He told police he had driven to the car park straight after work and had been there for three hours watching videos on his phone.

Singh, of Knight Street, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle with a proportion of a controlled drug over the specified limit.

Magistrates fined him £153 and handed him 10 penalty points. He must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.



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HARTSHILL

A 30-year-old man has been fined for using racist language towards two police officers.

Police were called to Jaspreet Bansal’s parents’ home in Hartshill due to an incident.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard 30-year-old Singh was drunk and abusive. Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: “Police were called by this defendant’s parents to their home in Nelson Street at about 10.30pm. They asked for help to remove the defendant from the property.

“At 10.38pm the defendant returned to the property. Both officers went out to speak to him. Both where white and this defendant is Asian. One of the first comments he made was, ‘Don’t touch me white boys’.”

The court heard he was warned not to use racial language, but he continued to do so. His behaviour continued in the police vehicle has he was taken to custody.

Ms Thompson said: “The defendant was making threats. At one point he tells an officer, I’m going to **** your family up’.”

Shop worker Bansal, of Nelson Road, Hartshill, pleaded guilty to a charge of racially-aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress. James Hulse, mitigating, said: “Credit to Mr Bansal, he has fully admitted the offence. He was intoxicated.

“He accepted he should not have used those words. There was no serious distress or alarm caused.”

Magistrates imposed a £216 fine plus £169 in court costs and charges.



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CHELL HEATH

A 44-year-old man will appear at the crown court charged with growing cannabis.

Paul Wright, of Recorder Grove, Chell Heath, is charged with the production of a Class B drug. He gave no indication of his plea during a hearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

The case was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, where Wright will appear on April 9.

STOKE-ON-TRENT

A 33-year-old man will appear at the crown court accused of robbery.

Suresan Thavachselvan, of Nibthwaite Road, Harrow, is charged with committing the offence in Stoke-on-Trent on August 25 last year. He did not enter a plea when he appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

The case was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, where Thavachselvan will appear on April 9.

Another defendant, 40-year-old Ashok Kathiravelu, of St Chad’s Road, Tunstall, has been charged with committing the same offence. He also faces further charges of threatening a person with an offensive weapon and two offences of assault.

The court heard he was in custody. His case was adjourned to allow him to appear via a video-link on a date to be confirmed.

CHESTERTON

A 53-year-old man has admitted refusing to give police a specimen of breath.

Colin Dixon, of Albert Street, Chesterton, was stopped by officers in Newcastle on February 16.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he refused to be breathalysed at the roadside. He was taken to the police station where, again, he refused to take a test.

Dixon pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Magistrates adjourned the case to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service. Dixon will appear in court again on April 6.

HANLEY

A 29-year-old man will appear at the crown court accused of growing cannabis.

Stephen Mangan, of Derwent Street, Hanley, is charged with producing a controlled drug of Class B on November 13.

He gave no indication of his plea when he appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Magistrates declined jurisdiction and the case was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court where Mangan will appear on April 9.



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