Man who stole petrol should not be driving

A SCARBOROUGH man who drove off without paying for a tank of petrol was found to have failed to pass an extended driving test following a previous disqualification.

Scott Watson, 22, of Caymar Road, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing.

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of making off without payment, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, told how the offences started in June, 2008, when Watson received an 18 month driving ban for dangerous driving.

He was ordered to sit an extended driving test before taking to the road again.

However on Friday, November 12, last year, Watson’s car registration was taken after he drove off the Gulf petrol station in Seamer Road without paying for £41 worth of petrol.

It wasn’t until six months later that Watson was arrested and, although he admitted stealing the petrol and having no insurance, he denied having been ordered to take the driving test.

Mrs Edgerton said that by his pleas Watson did now accept that he should not have been driving and was technically still a disqualified driver.

Andrew Semple, mitigating, said that his client was growing up and maturing, acquiring his own accommodation and a stable relationship since his last custodial sentence.

Watson was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work.

Watson was told by Judge Colin Burn that he was also getting six penalty points on any future licence and that he was still unable to drive until he passed an extended driving test.