Banned driver arrested after arguing with police searching his home

A banned driver was arrested after he argued with police carrying out a drugs raid on his home.

Officers were searching Matthew Ord’s address in Brownlow Road, South Shields, on Tuesday, June 23, when he drove past.

Ord, 29, confronted police about why they were searching the address – and officers were soon alerted to the fact was disqualified from driving and had pulled up in a vehicle that later was confirmed to have been taken without consent.

He was subsequently arrested and later admitted possessing a Class B drug, driving a motor vehicle that had been taken without consent, driving while disqualified and having no insurance when he appeared before magistrates in South Tyneside last Wednesday (June 24).

Officers were searching Ord's home

PC Christopher Hall, of Northumbria Police, said: “Matthew Ord clearly received a shock when he saw officers executing a warrant at his home and he was understandably eager to find out why.

“But in doing so, he seemingly forgot that he was banned from driving and happened to be in possession of a car that was confirmed to have been taken without consent from a family member earlier that day.

“After seeing Ord park up and get out of the driver’s seat, officers carried out checks which confirmed he was the subject of a two-year driving ban which was handed to him less than six months ago.

“Driving bans are not optional and such punishments handed down by the courts must be adhered to. The law is there for the safety of all road users, and by getting behind the wheel of a car while banned, Ord showed a total disregard for the criminal justice system and the welfare of others.

#“He must now face the serious consequences of his actions when he is sentenced later this year.”

Ord, of Brownlow Road, South Shields, was subject to a driving ban at the time of his arrest after being convicted of dangerous driving for unrelated matters on February 10 this year

He was handed a six-month suspended sentence and a two-year driving ban for that offence but faces jail after being convicted of these latest offences.

He is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on July 22.

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