Jail warning for banned motorist caught driving

PUBLISHED: 14:37 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:37 11 October 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton


A banned motorist faces jail after he was caught driving the day after receiving a suspended sentence for glassing a man in an Exmouth pub

A banned motorist from Budleigh Salterton who was caught driving the morning after he had received a suspended jail sentence for a pub glassing has been warned he faces prison.

Damien Cresswell was stopped by police as he drove to his job as a trainee floor fitter just hours after he had been spared a jail sentence at Exeter Crown Court.

He was a disqualified driver at the time and has been warned by a judge he is at risk of having the suspended sentence activated.

Cresswell received a five month sentence, suspended for two years on Monday July 25, 2016, after he admitted causing actual bodily harm.

He used a glass to cause a V-shaped cut in the face of victim Adam Rowsell during an argument at the York Inn in Exmouth in November 21, 2014.

Cresswell walked free from Exeter Crown Court; the following morning he was stopped while driving in the Exmouth area.

Cresswell, aged 29, of Budleigh Salterton, admitted driving while disqualified and his case was adjourned at Exeter Crown Court to sort out an administrative problem with the paperwork which occurred when it was transferred by magistrates in Exeter.

Recorder Mr Timothy Rose told him he should make arrangements with his family and work to cover the possibility he will be sent straight to jail when the case returns for sentence.

The judge told him: “This offence took place at 9am on the morning after you had walked out of this court. You were driving in full knowledge of the disqualification.

“I am not binding the hands of the sentencing judge but you need to make arrangements in case the worst happens and the suspended sentence is activated.

“Driving while disqualified the day after receiving a suspended sentence is about as crazy as it gets. I cannot guarantee you are not going to go to prison.”

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, said there were problems with the documents which had been sent to the Crown Court by Magistrates which had to be corrected before the case could proceed.

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