Speeding Lincoln driver tried to dodge penalty by giving address of man in Mexico

A businessman tried to dodge penalty points on his driving licence by claiming his car was being driven by a man living in Mexico when he was caught speeding, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Jordan Oakes was clocked by a speed camera as he travelled along the A15 between Lincoln and Sleaford in October 2015.

Leanne Summers, prosecuting, said police checks revealed that Oakes was the registered keeper of the car and he was asked to provide the name of the driver.

He gave the name of another man with an address in Mexico and later submitted copies of the man’s driving licence and company car insurance.

Police made further inquiries and discovered that the same car had been stopped by a patrol car after travelling at 120 mph on the same evening with Oakes behind the wheel.

As a result Oakes was arrested. He made no comment when he was interviewed by police but in court pleaded guilty to doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.

Oakes, 28, of Hopton Manor, Hall Road, Hopton on Sea, Norfolk, was given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours of unpaid work and a three month night time curfew. He was also ordered to pay £670 prosecution costs.

Andrew Nuttall, in mitigation, said “He said he wasn’t thinking clearly when he submitted the name.

“He feels like an idiot. It was a stupid decision.”

He said that Oakes has a key role in the family business and the future of the company could be jeopardised if he was jailed.