Yes it was. in Glasgow
I was on my way to a Bruce Springsteen concert and foolishly was driving while disqualified (I was 4 months into a six months ban) I got stopped by the police, was arrested, spent the night in the cells and had my car taken away. That was June 17th. I was told to return on July 12th. From then nothing happened, I had to ring up numerous times to find out where and what time I was due to appear and they had no idea who had represented me originally.I was not offered any sort of representation and had to do it myself on the day in the Court- unlike every single other person there. The judge even commented on this and said the lack of communication was probably due to the fact I lived in England.
I live in a small village in County Durham. The bus service runs from 8.10am and is approx every hour and a half with the last bus being at 5.10pm. Getting to work and back anywhere by public transport is virtually impossible. Before I was made redundant I was getting up at 5.10am, walking three miles along unlit country roads to a place where I could get a bus to work.I had to leave this early so I could finish early enough to get the last bus back to my home. I tried to explain this but I was very very nervous and the Court had no knowledge of where I lived.I am now unemployed, have served 14 months of my ban. Not driving is severely impacting my ability to attend interviews and travel to any new place of employment. I also have never been able to find out what happened to my car. No communication, nothing.The car was worth about £2000 and I had a lot of personal possessions(CDs, jacket in boot, sunglasses)in it that were never returned to me.
Sorry- I was banned the first time for not having insurance. I got 6 points and had six points already for two speeding offences a few years earlier. The concert was in Glasgow- we were on the way to Hampden Park which is how I ended up in a Scottish Court.
Not entirely sure but I think it was driving while disqualified, can't think it would be anything else
No definitely no alcohol. With hindsight, no idea. I guess I thought I could get away with it and it was Bruce Springsteen!!
About 150 miles
No worries. Thanks for your time and assistance