Barnstaple man, 25, gets third driving ban despite never holding a licence
A 25-year-old man, who has never held a full driving licence, has been disqualified for the third time in two years.
Tyrone Barnsby, of Oakleigh Road, Barnstaple, pleaded guilty to three different charges when he appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
He admitted driving a car without licence or insurance and also being over the drink dive limit. The offences all date back to September 1.
Barnsby, who has 46 previous convictions, was stopped by police on Boutport Street in Barnstaple after his driving had caught their attention.
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A breath test was carried out on the defendant and he had 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Laurence Overend, for the defence, said his client had only been released from prison a few months ago and he had been making improvements to his life.
He said: “Mr Barnsby had purchased the vehicle he was driving for banger racing and he had been at the Venue nightclub when he had a disagreement with his girlfriend so he distanced himself. He then decided to drive home.”
It was confirmed to the court Barnsby has only ever held a provisional driving licence but was disqualified from driving in 2011 for six months and was then disqualified again last year for driving while disqualified.
Magistrates disqualified Barnsby from driving for two years, fined him £110 and told him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £20 in court costs.