A BANNED driver has narrowly avoided being sent to prison after he was caught behind the wheel on the A49.

Hereford Magistrates Court heard how Mark Jolly had been pulled over by police on the A49 at Moreton-on-Lugg, north of Hereford.

Prosecution solicitor Mark Hambling said he was disqualified from driving after being caught drug driving, and told police at the scene he was banned.


Emma Thorne, defending, said Jolly, 44, had been to Hereford for food with his partner.

While she said Jolly made no excuses, his partner didn’t feel well enough to drive back home to he got behind the wheel instead.

Ms Thorne said Jolly, of Cheaton Close in Leominster, had been frank with police, was remorseful and was the sole carer for his partner.


After pleading guilty to driving the Volkswagen Polo without a licence or insurance on July 31, magistrates sentenced him to 12 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months.

He was also told to pay £135 costs, £154 victim surcharge and was disqualified for another three years.