A BANNED driver was caught illegally driving twice because he feared he would lose his job.

Grzegorz Lauzer, aged 38, was caught behind the wheel of a Peugeot on Le Neubourg Way in Gillingham on Saturday, June 19.

Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how Lauzer was stopped by police officers and saw his vehicle seized because he was already banned from driving and held no insurance.

Despite being caught illegally driving, prosecutor Richard Oakley explained Lauzer drove a Ford Focus on Old Market Place in Sturminster Newton on Thursday, July 15.

He said: “He was interview on July 19 and he admitted driving the vehicles on both of those occasions and also to having no insurance.

“He said he had money issues and needed to drive to work. He struggled to get around without a car.

“He said he thought he had only been banned for six months but even if it was true, it would not apply to when he was seen driving again.”

Lauszer, currently based at Heathrow Immigration Centre for undisclosed reasons, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving whilst disqualified and two charges of driving without insurance.

Lauszer, appearing unrepresented, said he wanted to drive to his job as he found it difficult to do his job without a car.

Magistrates described his offences as ‘pretty serious’ and issued Lauszer a three-year driving disqualification.

He was ordered to pay a £120 fine, £34 victim surcharge and costs of £44.