69-YO Man Brags About Driving Without License for Half a Century and Gets Busted | “His Mouth Was His Downfall”
Sometimes people execute their evil plans well for years but then get busted due to their overconfidence. According to the police, a driver suspected of driving without a license for half a century was apprehended after boasting about his status. Officers in Derbyshire said the 69-year-old had managed to dupe insurance companies into covering his car. However, they added that "the flaw in his dastardly plan was bragging." It was an end of an era for him when the law apprehended him in a Derby retail park, where his vehicle was seized and the perpetrator was charged with a number of offenses.
Derby— Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU) May 6, 2023
The driver of this vehicle has never passed a test despite being 69 years old and having been driving for over 50 years.
He has systematically provided details to insurance companies indicating that he had a licence but the flaw in his dastardly plan was bragging. pic.twitter.com/JJJDNM1b2E
Derbyshire Roads Policing tweeted, "The driver of this vehicle has never passed a test despite being 69 years old and having been driving for over 50 years. He has systematically provided details to insurance companies indicating that he had a license but the flaw in his dastardly plan was bragging. His long reign came to an abrupt end once we found out. Vehicle seized and driver reported for numerous offenses." Twitter users had a few responses to offer. "Probably a far better driver than many road users, he's avoided the police for 50 years... the UK would benefit from having more drivers like this on the road!" tweeted @joe606. "His mouth was his downfall by the sounds of it. Perhaps someone should tell him, that walls have ears," joked @RobertM42723380. "I guess most younger people thought he didn't need a test back then. Sort of like when we could ride provisional on a bike," guessed @Forest_Dane.
This wasn't the first time an incident like this happened. A 72-year-old pensioner who allegedly drove without a license for 50 years was caught in 2019 after crashing his van which was involved in a collision near Uffculme, reports the Independent. Devon and Cornwall Police's roads policing busted the pensioner's five-decade-old plan and called him a "sneaky septuagenarian" while his good time came to an end. They tweeted, "You know you've had luck on your side when you’ve driven for over 50 years without a license and never been prosecuted. But alas, all good things must come to an end. A small collision has finally revealed one mid-Devon man's secret to us."
If you think 50 years is a lot, then you ought to hear about the old man who drove without a license for 70 years. According to The Guardian, when officers stopped him in Nottingham, he told them he had been driving without a license or insurance for more than 70 years. Officers on routine patrol were taken aback when they pulled over the driver in his 80s in a supermarket parking lot. The 1938-born man told them he hadn't had a driver's license or insurance since he was 12 years old and had avoided being pulled over by cops ever since. In 2022, Nottinghamshire police officers happened to pull over a man driving a three-door Mini One in a Tesco Extra car park in the market town of Bulwell. Alongside the hashtag #rodehisluck, patrol officers wrote on Facebook, "We can't quite believe what happened next, as the driver, who was born in 1938 (!!), coughed that he had been driving with no license and no insurance since he was 12 years old ..... and somehow had managed to never be stopped by the police. (We'll let you do the maths!!) Thankfully, he had never had an accident, caused anyone an injury and never made anyone lose out financially by hitting them whilst uninsured! Due to the increased number of ANPR [Automatic Number Plate Recognition] cameras in Nottingham, even on small trips, you are likely to hit a camera so make sure your documents are in order ..... because it will catch up with you ... one day..."