Banned dad drove to help daughter

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A DAD flouted a driving ban in order to drop off some stuff his daughter needed for a school trip.

David Bowden, 51, of Cherry Tree Close, St Leonards, jumped into a car after getting a call from his daughter who had forgotten things she needed for her outing.

He pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court last week.

Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “He was stopped by police at 8.30am on February 14 when they saw him driving erratically on De Cham Road.

“It transpired that he had been banned in July last year under the totting up procedure.”

Ros Crook, defending, said: “He was taking things to his daughter that she needed for a school trip and had forgotten.

“She phoned him in a panic and he just got into the car without thinking .

“His heart took over his head and he accepts he should have let his wife drive.

“He has been a heroin addict in the past.

“He has been away from heroin for a considerable time now.

“He is someone who has had a huge drugs problem and he has dealt with that and is trying to turn his life around.”

Bowden was given 240 hours unpaid community work and banned from driving for a further six months.