Man drove for 72 years without a license
Police were amazed when they pulled over a motorist to find he had been driving without a license for 72 years, since he was 12.
The elderly driver admitted he had been driving cars since the 1950s without a license or insurance and had never had an accident in all those years.
The man, 80, was arrested by cops driving a blue Mini next to Tesco Extra in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire., on Wednesday evening (Wednesday January 26).
The driver, unstable and hard of hearing, told officers he was born in 1938 and had been driving without a license since he was 12 years old.
Nottinghamshire Police took to social media to share details of the bizarre call after the man was finally arrested after seven decades.
The force’s City North Operation Reacher team wrote: “The City North OP Reacher team are on proactive patrol in Sherwood and Carrington this evening.
“An initial investigation by The Bearded Boss in Bulwell found him stopping this Mini One next to Tesco Extra.
“We can’t quite believe what happened next because the driver, who was born in 1938, coughed that he had been driving without a license and without insurance, since he was 12 (yes TWELVE) years old …..and somehow had managed to never get arrested by the police.We’ll leave the math to you!!
“Fortunately, he never had an accident, caused no injuries to anyone and never caused anyone to lose financially by hitting them while uninsured!
“Due to the increase in the number of ANPR cameras in Nottingham, even on short journeys you are likely to come across a camera, so make sure your paperwork is in order… because it will catch up to you… one day…..”
Netizens commented on the post wondering if seven decades of driving without a license was a record.
One person said, “Talk about pushing your luck. Surely it must be some kind of record?”
Another said: “How did he get away with this, there can’t be too many people who have driven longer than this without a licence. Rather dangerous but I strangely admire him.”
A third added: “Awww give him some love, my dad was born in 1931, drove 70,000 miles a year for over 50 years, no accidents other than a cow running past him, be kind with the people of the ode”
The force then replied, “We were nice to him. However, this guy was hard of hearing, his reactions were poor and he was very unsteady on his feet.
“He was potentially not driving safe now, even though he was ‘road legal’.”