‘Stinger’ used to stop driver

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A ‘stinger’ device had to be used to stop a car which failed to stop for police in Spilsby in a late night chase, a court has been told.

Martin Edward Hodgkinson, 25, of Grosvenor Road, Skegness, admitted failing to stop for police and to driving without a valid driving licence or insurance on June 1, and also to driving off without paying for petrol at the Laurels Service Station the previous day, when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police attempted to stop the vehicle at 11.30pm after their automatic number plate recognition system identified it as having no insurance.

After several attempts to get the driver to stop, police used the stinger device to stop the driver, Hodgkinson.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Hodgkinson had bought the car on e­Bay but it had arrived without documents, but he had decided to drive it anyway and stole some petrol to do so.

“It was foolishness and idiocy on his part,” he said.

Last Tuesday, Hodgkinson was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £70 in compensation for the petrol. He was fined £110 for having no insurance and given eight penalty points which meant that he was banned from driving for 12 months under the totting ­up procedure. He was also ordered to pay a further £255 in costs and charges.