His driving skills landed him before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court after police became suspicious. However, Charles Justin Worrell, of no fixed place of abode, said he “move off” and was “taking no chances” when he saw a man holding a gun.
It was minutes to midnight on November 21 when police on patrol at Wharton Gap, St Michael observed the motorcar driven by Worrell travelling in an easterly direction. It then stopped suddenly and reversed in an uncontrollable manner, which caused police to become suspicious. He then sped off causing lawmen to pursue him but he eventually came to a stop near the Kensington Oval Wall.
A check of the vehicle resulted in Worrell facing charges of driving when he was not the holder of a driver’s licence as well as driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to the three charges but told the acting magistrate that he went to “collect” the vehicle after a man he works for begged him to.
“I went for it but didn’t tell him I didn’t have a licence,” Worrell said.
He went on to explain that he received the vehicle but as he was driving through one of the avenues at Wharton Gap he saw the police but the road was not wide enough so he had to reverse.
“When I reverse back . . . when I look . . . I see a man with a gun and . . . I move off . . . . . a man jump out and say ‘don’t move’ . . . I didn’t taking no chances,” the accused told the court.
However, Worrell’s explanation was not enough to prevent the acting magistrate from imposing a $1,000 fine on the no licence charge and a $600 fine for not having any insurance.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the cannabis offence.
Worrell must pay the money by April 18, 2019, if he wants to avoid spending three months in prison.