A DISQUALIFIED driver who went to pick his niece and her baby up from hospital has had his ban extended.
Darren Griffiths, 41, of Ffordd Llanerch, Penycae, was nearing the end of a 12-month ban from driving when he received a call from his niece.
She was stuck at Wrexham Maelor Hospital with her baby and could not get home.
District Judge Andrew Shaw extended Griffiths’ existing ban, which was due to end on December 17, by six months.
He also handed Griffiths a 12-month community order, to include 200 hours’ unpaid work.
The incident took place on the morning of September 28 on the A483 near Rhostyllen, when police were alerted to a Vauxhall Astra that was not insured.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Griffiths, who works for a Wrexham cleaning firm, was doing his niece a favour by picking her up from the hospital after she realised she had no money on her for a taxi home.
The vehicle was stopped by police on the A483 and Griffiths admitted to officers it was his vehicle but he did not have insurance.
He was unable to provide a licence and after making inquiries he was arrested after officers were told that he was in fact serving a 12-month ban.
Mr Ellis added that Griffiths had previous convictions of this nature, although the last one had been in 1997.
Euros Jones, defending at Wrexham Magistrates Court, said Griffiths was unaware of the disqualification due to the fact his former partner, whom he resided with at a previous address, had destroyed all his mail.
He had therefore been unable to receive details of a driving ban.
Griffiths pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and driving with insurance.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said: “You have had several previous visits to this court for the same offences. Your regard for the motoring laws is poor and your excuses are sketchy.
“This is serious enough to justify a community order and a further ban.”
Griffiths was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.