A BANNED driver caught behind the wheel of her car has been warned that she could go to prison.
Juliet Littlewood was stopped by police on the A19 in Jarrow on Saturday, September 28.
A check by officers revealed that she had been disqualified from driving in June, and the 22-year-old was then arrested.
Littlewood pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
The South Shields court heard that Littlewood had recently lost a baby and had “buried her head in the sand” since that tragedy. She was banned from driving for a year, fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.
Chairman of the bench Steven Bradley said: “We would ordinarily place you on a community order, but after hearing what you’ve been through, we don’t think that would be fair.
“But if you come back again for something similar, you will be in severe trouble and are looking at a prison sentence.”
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “She was banned from driving in June after reaching the maximum number of penalty points on her licence. On this occasion, she was stopped while driving her Mazda on the southbound carriage of the A19 at 4.20pm in Jarrow.
“A police check showed she had been disqualified at Darlington Magistrates’ Court earlier this year.
“She said she didn’t realise and thought she had insurance.
“She couldn’t explain the disqualification.”
Laura Johnson, defending Littlewood, of Grasmere Road, Ferryhill, County Durham, said: “She was disqualified from driving in her absence and didn’t realise.
“She was going through a bad time in her life.
“She lost a baby and began to bury her head in the sand to get by.
“She has also lost a good friend and has only recently started going to counselling.”