Disqualified driver drove to help grieving partner
A MAN chose to drive despite being disqualified to help out his partner who was grieving over the loss of a family member.
Kayode Stephens, 30, was pulled over by police in a stop check in Brunswick Road, St Paul's on December 3 after collecting his daughter.
He was found to be disqualified and police also found him in possession of a small quantity of cannabis.
Stephens, of Brigstocke Road, St Paul's had already pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and possession of cannabis and was at Bristol Magistrates' Court to be sentenced.
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Laura Opie, prosecuting, said Stephens was pulled over at 6.20pm and after a search a small amount of cannabis was found in his man bag.
She said he had a significant list of previous convictions including one other for driving whilst disqualified.
Rodney Wilson, defending, said his client had decided to drive because his partner was struggling to come to terms with a death in her family.
"He was embarrassed because it meant his daughter saw him being arrested," Mr King said.
Magistrates gave Stephens a six month community order with six months supervision, and a four week tagged curfew . He was also banned from driving for six months.