Woman stopped by police pretended to be sister

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A ST Helens woman who pretended to be her sister after being caught driving without a licence has received penalty points.

Laura Jane Hibbs, of Wordsworth Avenue, Billinge, was stopped by officers on December 20 last year when she only had a provisional driving licence.

The 24-year-old told police that she was her sister, Emma, who holds a valid licence.

Ms Hibbs, who admitted three driving offences at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court relating to not having a valid licence or insurance certificate, was handed eight penalty points and ordered to pay £205 costs.

The court heard that since the incident, Ms Hibbs passed her driving test and received a full licence in February.

Ms Hibbs explained that she was having lessons around the time she was stopped and was a competent driver.

The reason for making the journey was because she needed to visit a sick relative, the court was told.

She said: “I wasn’t thinking straight, I shouldn’t have done it.

“It is very important (to keep the licence) because I have a little girl who I take to school every day before I go to work.

“I was ready for my test by then anyway.”

Presiding magistrate Mr Geoffrey Vickers, said: “You have been very lucky,the benefit of the doubt has been given. Please don’t be so stupid again.”