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'Ghost driver' caught by police in Christchurch

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POLICE encountered a so-called ‘ghost driver’ in Christchurch who was flouting a roads ban.

Officers stopped a Seat in Fairmile Road around 9pm last Thursday after reports of a disqualified driver at the wheel.

They were initially foxed when seemingly genuine details provided by the woman could not be found on record.

The car was stopped on Fairmile Road (photo: Dorset Police)
The car was stopped on Fairmile Road (photo: Dorset Police)

However, after being shown a photo of the expected driver, she confirmed her true identity as a currently banned motorist.

The woman, who was in her 40s and from Bournemouth, was reported for the offence and her car was seized.

A police Facebook post afterwards said: “We stopped this Seat in the Christchurch area on information that it was driven by a disqualified driver.

“The female driver gave us some information which, on the face of it, appeared legit but we could not find records for her, almost as if she didn't exist!

“We persevered and when we compared a photo of who we thought would be driving to the driver in front of us, she admitted her true identity, narrowly avoiding a trip to custody to verify it.”

The post added: “Courts hand down driving bans for a reason – for protection of the motoring public – and we continue to ensure people stay off the roads when they're given time away from the wheel.”

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