A MAN who was caught driving whilst disqualified and without insurance told cops he had to take his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital.

Darren Thomson, who appeared from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court, previously pleaded guilty to the offences committed on Valentines Day last year.

The court heard: “At 8.20pm, police officers were on patrol conducting routine document checks. Officers indicated for the accused to stop on Royston Road. He came to a stop and checks were carried out, which led to the discovery of him being disqualified.”

The 28-year-old told police officers that he was taking his girlfriend, who had a high risk pregnancy, to hospital, as she was in serious pain and had been bleeding.

The procurator fiscal depute confirmed that the officers who attended noted that was the position at the time.

She added: “The individual did have pregnancy related documents with her but there was no action made to get that individual to hospital. She was offered an ambulance, but she declined.”

Glasgow Times:

Thomson’s solicitor said: “I had the opportunity to speak with his girlfriend, who said the keys for the car were hanging up and they “panicked”.

“Mr Thomson put her in the car and set off for the hospital.

“She later gave birth to the child who is now 11 months old, and the accused is the father.”

Thomson, of Provanmill, is currently serving a “significant” prison sentence.

His lawyer added: “I would ask if you could refrain from adding to his time in custody and take into account the pretty unusual circumstances.”

Sheriff Mary Shields ordered Thomson to serve six months in prison, to run concurrently with his current sentence.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months.