A BANNED driver claimed she got behind the wheel and drove to a shopping park because her mum felt unwell, a court heard.

Trudy Price, of Vicarage Road in Bagillt, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 49-year-old admitted offences of driving whilst banned and driving with no insurance.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the court that Price had been banned in December 2022 for three years - and so should not be getting back behind the wheel until the end of November 2025.

But on May 17 this year, police on duty on the A55 in Flintshire spotted Price travelling in a Ford Focus towards Broughton Shopping Park.

They followed until she parked in a bay at the shopping park and spoke to her as she exited the vehicle.

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She admitted to being banned.

Alex MacKenzie, defending, told the court: "She has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was driving a short distance because her mum felt unwell.

"It's correct that the disqualification was imposed for a significant alcohol reading at the time.


"She's someone who works full time in the care industry."

District Judge Gwyn Jones fined the defendant £450 for driving whilst banned and £200 for driving without insurance.

Price must pay a victim surcharge of £180 and £85 costs.