Former East Lindsey councillor Andrew Ferryman lied over speeding offence
A FORMER East Lindsey District councillor has been given a suspended jail term after he lied to evade detection from a speeding offence.
Andrew Ferryman, who was elected to represent the Sutton on Sea North ward in May last year but later stood down due to ill health, was clocked at 39mph in a 30mph limit on the B1200 at Salfleetby.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said police wrote to Ferryman following the offence in February 2011 requesting details of the driver but received no response.
A second letter resulted in Ferryman claiming the driver was James Howard and giving an address in Church Lane, Sutton.
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Mr Scott said that inquiries indicated Mr Howard had left to live in Australia and officers then put a note through Ferryman's door asking him to contact them.
They later received an email from an account in the name of Nicholas Hall saying that Ferryman had moved away and had left no forwarding address.
Subsequently Ferryman was arrested and admitted he was the driver.
Ferryman, 44, formerly of Camelot Gardens, Sutton-on-Sea, and now living at Hallcroft, Retford, admitted charges of perverting the course of justice, making a false statement to obtain insurance and driving without insurance.
Graham Huston, defending, said Ferryman, a former social worker, had served his community and deserved to be given a chance.
He said Ferryman has serious health problems which involved taking 28 different medications each day and he is provided with 34 hours a week of home care.
Ferryman was given a four month jail sentence suspended for a year and he was banned from driving for 12 months.
He was ordered to pass an extended retest before he is allowed a full licence.
Judge Michael Heath described Ferryman as having left Sutton on Sea in disgrace after the offence became public knowledge.
He told Ferryman: "I want to emphasise that despite all the good things that can be said about you, if it were not for your health you would go straight into custody."
Ferryman represented the Sutton on Sea First independents on ELDC and Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea councils.
He has since resigned from the Sutton on Sea First group.
The Sutton on Sea Residents Association, which Ferryman helped form, recently voted to make him an honorary member.