Disqualified Axminster driver who misled police officers jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 26 February 2018

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A disqualified driver from Axminster who misled police about her identity after her car broke down has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Nikki Marie Millings, 30, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance when she appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 22).

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said on July 12 last year, police were called to the A30 to assist a broken-down Land Rover Freelander driven by Millings.

The court heard once recovery had taken place, police found a number of discrepancies while investigating the vehicle.

Ms Baker told magistrates that Millings initially provided a false name to the police, prompting officers to carry out a fruitless search on their online system for her details.

Millings’ true identity was finally revealed when police found a ‘link’ after a 45-minute search for information about her licence and insurance policy.

Ms Baker said: “She then admitted to being Nikki Millings, and admitted she was a disqualified driver.”

In mitigation, the court heard that Millings, of Combpyne Road, Musbury, had been in a difficult position ‘personally and financially’ at the time of the offence.

Her solicitor said: “She is a lady that has a number of underlying problems.

“She has had this hanging over her for a lengthy period of time.”

“She has put herself in a situation where the chances of her re-offending are now greatly reduced.”

The court heard Millings had since found employment and ‘massively reduced’ her outgoings.

Passing sentence, chair magistrate Brian Balsdon said: “We are very unhappy with what we have been told about these offences.

“You bought a vehicle while disqualified, changed the number plates and gave false information to police at the first instance.

“These matters were committed while you were subject of a suspended sentence order.

“Your record is quite appalling – we feel we have no option but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.”

Millings was jailed for eight weeks for driving while disqualified, given a further 16 month ban and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

She was also handed a further eight weeks imprisonment after magistrates activated a previous suspended sentence.

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