Disqualified driver with 26 points on licence caught eating dinner at wheel

A disqualified motorist who already had 26 points on her license was caught driving with ‘no hands’ while eating her dinner at the wheel. 

Amy Richards, 50, drove through a busy town centre while holding her plate in one hand and forking food into her mouth with the other.

Officers initially began following the hungry motorist when they noticed the car was untaxed.

But the driver, from Cranleigh, Surrey, then swerved onto the other side of the road as she went through Guildford town centre on October 22 last year.

When officers got nearer, they realised Richards had been tucking into a meal behind the wheel and that she already had a shocking 26 points on her licence with two speeding offences.

She was also uninsured and had been banned from driving until the following year.

Richards was charged with driving while disqualified, using a vehicle while uninsured and driving while not in proper control.

She pleaded guilty to all three charges at Staines Magistrates court and was banned from driving for a further two years with an additional six points slapped on her license.

A spokesman for Surrey Roads Policing Unit said: “It’s taken over a year. On October 22, this car spiked our interest as it was shown untaxed. No biggie, run of the mill.

“Whilst following the vehicle, it swerved onto the wrong side of the road.

“When we pulled up alongside it, we found the driver holding her dinner in one hand and forking the food into her mouth with the other, all while driving through Guildford town centre. ‘Forking Hell’ we thought.

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“Once stopped, we confirmed that the tax had expired in July. Another check showed the driver wasn’t on the insurance either.

“And finally, almost predictably, the driver is disqualified form driving until mid 2020 and had an ‘impressive’ 26 points on her license.

“Three court sessions later and the driver pleaded guilty to all offences.”

Richards already had 26 points on her license for two speeding offences and failing to disclose details of the driver of a vehicle five times.

She must reapply to the DVLA and request a new driving licence before she is allowed back behind the wheel after her two-year ban.

A Surrey Police spokesman added: “Once the disqualification period of two years has ended, Richards will need to reapply for her license from the DVLA.

“If this is granted, she will be permitted to drive again.”

Richards was ordered by the court to pay £287 in fines, costs and surcharges following her most recent offence.