Swindon man jailed for driving whilst disqualified

By Swindon Link - 23 October 2018


A man has been sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for driving whilst disqualified.

David Watkins-Rudman, aged 32, of no fixed abode, Swindon, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on 18 October and pleaded guilty to the following offences:

  • Obstructing/resisting a constable in execution of duty
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Using a vehicle on a road without third party insurance

He was sentenced to a total of 12 weeks imprisonment, ordered to pay a surcharge to victim services of £115, CPS costs of £85 and his driving licence was endorsed with six points. 

He has also been recalled to prison for breaching a court order. 

PC Jonathan Kilburn, of the South Swindon Community Policing Team, said: “On Wednesday 23 May, police stopped a Ford Transit being driven in White Horse Road, Cricklade. Watkins-Rudman was the driver but he provided me with false details – he was reported for driving the vehicle without the appropriate insurance and the vehicle was seized. 

"On 17 October, we were contacted by the man whose name we had been incorrectly given by Watkins-Rudman, and following enquiries, we were able to prove the driver was in fact Watkins-Rudman and arrested him. Further enquiries also showed that on 13 March he had been stopped in Kemble Drive and the vehicle he was driving in was seized because records showed he was disqualified from driving at this point.

“We hope this sentence sends a strong message to motorists of the importance of ensuring you have the appropriate insurance to drive a vehicle and that providing false details to police will eventually catch up with you and you will be arrested and put before the courts for your dishonesty.”

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