Motorist dodges driving ban

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A MOTORIST who drove into another car has narrowly escaped losing his licence.

When Paulo Almeida caused the accident on January 6, he already had six points on his licence.

The 41-year-old, of Canterbury Way, Thetford, pleaded guilty to driving without due car and attention at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecuting, Colette Griffiths said Almeida was driving a BMW when, at around 6.30am, he pulled out from a side road on to the A1065 Thetford Road, in Mildenhall, and hit a Mercedes which was travelling towards Newmarket.

Speaking through a Portuguese translator, Almeida said: “I am guilty but I drive that road every day and when I turned on to the outside road there was no vehicle there.”

He told magistrates it had been dark at the time and said he was worried about not being able to support his family if they disqualified him by issuing six or more penalty points.

He received four penalty points and an £80 fine.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.