Forklift driver behind bars for Xmas for crashing girlfriend’s car

A disqualified driver who ‘foolishly’ got behind the wheel just three weeks after he was banned will now spend Christmas behind bars. Albertas Bagogus was disqualified from driving for 14 months on November 18 after he was caught behind the wheel while over the legal alcohol limit. But just three weeks after the ban was imposed, the 28-year-old was caught by officers on December 9 after he crashed his partner’s car into another vehicle on Darlington’s North Road.

Go here for more Darlington news and updates from Darlington Live Joanne Hesse, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was only disqualified from driving for 14 months on November 18 for drink driving and no insurance and he was dealt with in this court.” Just three days before Christmas, Bagogus appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court again – this time charged with driving whilst disqualified and driving without third party insurance.

Magistrates heard how the defendant, a forklift truck driver, had hit another vehicle while joining the A167 North Road heading into the town centre – which caused some damage to the front passenger side of the other car. “They stopped immediately and [the other driver] asked for his insurance details however the defendant claimed he was not the driver – that it was his girlfriend who was driving and pointed at the female stood at the passenger side door,” said Ms Hesse.

Albertas Bagogus, outside Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court, before he was jailed for eight weeks

The court heard how Bagogus went on to offer the driver GBP500 to repair the damage if he did not report the incident to the police. But this only raised suspicions and the other driver phoned the police who arrested Bagogus – with the disqualified driver going on to admit to everything during interview.

Magistrates were told how the 28-year-old had made the “foolish” decision to drive his partner’s car to work as he was running late. Bogagus, of Westmoreland Street, Darlington, was jailed for eight weeks and banned from driving for 30 months from December 22. He must also pay GBP85 costs and a GBP125 surcharge.

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