‘Driverless’ car spotted by police officer

Skipton Magistrates' Court

Skipton Magistrates' Court

First published in News

A police officer saw what he thought was a driverless car being driven towards him in Grassingon, Skipton magistrates heard.

It was, in fact, being driven by Barry Wigglesworth using dual controls from the passenger seat.

When stopped and questioned by traffic sergeant Les Moorhouse, Wigglesworth, 40, maintained he was in control, despite steering the Audi A4 from where he was sitting in the passenger seat.

Traffic Sergeant Moor-house had been driving along Wood Lane towards the police station at noon on October 25 when he saw the Audi pull out of a driveway, the court heard.

In his report read out in court, Sgt Moorhouse said he could see there was no one in the driver's seat, but as it got closer he could see someone leaning over and steering from the passenger seat.

Wigglesworth explained to the officer he had moved the car to make way for another driver who was trying to get out of the driveway.

Wigglesworth, of Pasture Road, Baildon, pleaded guilty by letter to driving while not being in proper control.

He had his licence endorsed with three penalty points, was fined £60 and ordered to pay costs of £45 and a victims surcharge of £20.

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