Good Samaritan Ignored Driving Ban To Help Brother

PUBLISHED: 11:34 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

HEALTH and safety worker Rebecca Reynolds was trying to be a Good Samaritan when she ignored her motoring ban and drove to her teenage brother s aid, after he issued an emergency plea for help. Reynolds had received three or four calls from the 19-year-ol

HEALTH and safety worker Rebecca Reynolds was trying to be a Good Samaritan when she ignored her motoring ban and drove to her teenage brother's aid, after he issued an emergency plea for help.

Reynolds had received three or four calls from the 19-year-old before she agreed to pick him up from Cambridge - even though she had been banned for drink driving six months earlier.

"I was an emergency she was dealing with, her brother was pleading with her to come," solicitor Michael Judkins explained to Ely magistrates.

"She is very sorry for what she has done, she realises she did the wrong thing, she should have told her brother it was not possible to help."

Reynolds, 22, of Gateway Gardens, Ely, admitted driving a Renault Clio on the A10 at Little Thetford when disqualified, on July 21 last year.

Her brother lives at the YMCA in Cambridge, he is naïve, vulnerable, and gets into scrapes, said Mr Judkins.

"On previous occasions he had telephoned home for help, and his mother had gone to his rescue," he said.

"On this particular day Reynolds' mother was in bed with a migraine, and about 11pm Reynolds was in bed when a call came from her brother, saying there were some lads starting on him, and he needed help.

"Against her better judgement, she decided to go. She took her mother's car to Cambridge and was stopped on the A10."

Ordering Reynolds to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, presiding magistrate Kathy Bradney told her: "We feel this was a serious offence. You knew you were disqualified, yet you chose to drive that car."

Reynolds was given a 12-month driving ban, and must pay £43 costs.

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