A man who drove a car that had a wheel missing because he had “no other way of getting home” has been banned from driving for a year.
Christopher Kingsnorth, aged 35, of Little Street, Rushden, appeared for sentencing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he was convicted of driving a motor vehicle dangerously.
The court heard Kingsnorth was stopped by officers in Rushden High Street on May 30 last year after sparks were seen flying off from the back of his Volkswagen Golf car.
Closer investigation revealed the car was missing a rear wheel and the brake disc was scraping along the floor of the road, creating a large groove.
Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said Kingsnorth told officers that he knew the car had a wheel missing but had driven it because his phone battery had died and he had no other way of getting home.
Kingsnorth was ordered to pay £620 costs and he must complete 40 hours unpaid work. He has been banned from driving for 12 months and must also pay the victim surcharge of £60.