Man jumped red light as passenger was sick

PUBLISHED: 12:04 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

LEE White jumped a red traffic light in the early hours of the morning as the drunken friend in his car was being sick. I was not concentrating properly, and know that is no excuse, he told Ely magistrates on Thursday. The trainee doorman already had ni

LEE White jumped a red traffic light in the early hours of the morning as the drunken friend in his car was being sick.

"I was not concentrating properly, and know that is no excuse," he told Ely magistrates on Thursday.

The trainee doorman already had nine penalty points on his licence, and the three points imposed for the offence could have seen him banned from the road for six months.

But White, who is dyslexic and has just managed to pass security staff exams, persuaded the court to let him keep his licence.

He explained that he could not keep his job without a driving licence, because he worked late hours when public transport was not available.

"I had never passed an exam in my life, but I have passed the Security Industry Authority exam," he said. "This is the best job I could get, because I am unqualified."

White, 33, of Old School Close, Soham, admitted failing to comply with a red traffic light at Lynn Road in Ely on February 19. He was fined £50 with £35 costs and three points were added to his licence.

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