Magistrates tells man who illegally drove a hundred yards for cigs - ‘I could have walked it in five... a stopped for a fag on the way’

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A driver has been banned for a second time after jumping behind the wheel because it was raining outside.

A Calderdale magistrate told Shaqeeb Sarfraz, who illegally drove to a nearby petrol station to buy cigarettes, that she could have walked the journey in five minutes - and stopped for a cigarette on the way.

Sarfraz, 26, of Hyde Park Road in King Cross, was stopped by officers for driving without due care and attention in Coleridge Street last December.

Calderdale Magistrates heard how Sarfraz, who was 25 days from the end of an existing driving ban, had been playing at Halifax snooker club when he ran out of cigarettes.

He then borrowed a friend’s car to drive a few hundred years to the Esso garage on Skircoat Road because it was drizzling outside.

On his way back, officers saw him recklessly overtake a row of stationary traffic, so pulled him over.

When they questioned him, Sarfraz gave them a false name before running from the scene. He handed himself in two days later.

Chairwoman Angela Viney told him: “If I had legs as long as yours I could have walked that journey in five minutes and stopped for a fag on the way. I hope you won’t be so stupid in the future.”

Sharfraz admitted driving while disqualified, driving without due care and driving without insurance. He was banned from driving for 9 months and fined £250.