Banned car driver was in head-on crash


A banned driver suffered serious injuries in a road accident while he was driving to work, a court heard.

Scott Gourdie, 36, of Skipsea, was worried he might be late for work when he overtook a van and collided with an oncoming car on Bridlington Bay Road, Carnaby, on April 29 this year.

The other driver also suffered serious injuries, and both vehicles were extensively damaged, East Riding magistrates heard.

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon said Gourdie had been disqualified for 20 months in October 2012 for drink-driving.

She said the other driver suffered knee and nose injuries and that he stated he’d been unable to work following the accident, and was having to be cared for by his mother.

Gourdie, who was working at a factory in Carnaby at the time, cracked two ribs and needed plastic surgery and 38 stitches in his head. Originally from Bradford, he had been living in Skipsea with his girlfriend, who’d been giving him lifts to and from work, but shortly before the incident they’d argued, the court heard.

Defending, Joanne Markham said: “He was on a final warning over time-keeping issues. In a panic to get to work he took the car keys.” The couple split up following the incident, but Gourdie is now back living with her in Skipsea, and was hoping to start a job at another factory in Carnaby, the court heard.

Ms Markham urged magistrates not to order the defendant to pay compensation as this was likely to “hit him” in a separate legal claim.

Gouldie pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without due care and attention, and no insurance. He was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and banned from driving for a year.

He must also do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.