A MOTORIST drove without a licence for 45 years before cops caught her using a fake.
Reckless Mary Burke, 71, of Dumbarton, has never passed her test.
Reckless Burke drove without a licence for 45 years before cops caught her using a fake[/caption]
She was hauled before the town’s sheriff court after being finally snared at the wheel of her Mercedes.
Beak William Gallagher branded her scam “remarkable”.
The bogus driver got points for speeding 15 years ago — but bungling officials failed to spot her licence was counterfeit.
The phoney pink certificate was processed by a sheriff clerk’s office after Burke, 71, sent it in to be stamped.
But she continued to get behind the wheel — despite having never passed her test — until cops rumbled her by chance during a routine traffic stop in November.
Her lawyer Lisa McGuigan yesterday told Dumbarton Sheriff Court of the missed licence check blunder from 2002.
She said: “From what I’m told the points were assigned to her.
“This wasn’t a case of simply getting into a car that day last year. She had been driving for a good number of years.”
Brazen Burke is understood to have began driving in the 1970s and started using a false document 25 years ago. She was stopped in her Mercedes C-Class during a 1.30pm spot check in nearby Renton.
Prosecutor David McDonald revealed she handed over a document she claimed was her licence. Cops later checked the details on a database.
He said: “A further check found she had an expired provisional licence and no proper licence.
“They believed the licence they were handed by Burke was fake.
“A DVLA review revealed her document was fraudulent.
“She was cautioned and charged and said she understood why.”
Insiders later revealed the dodge lasted 45 years.
A source said: “She’s never had a proper licence and has been driving since the 1970s.
“She’s been using a pink fake document for roughly 25 years. Who knows what she was thinking.”
Sheriff William Gallagher blasted Burke’s astonishing scam.
He said: “This is not trivial. She has been doing this for a long time — I have no idea why she felt she should be able to do this.”
Burke, from Dumbarton, admitted driving without a valid licence and having a false driving licence.
She said in the dock: “I was very stupid. I’m very sorry about it.”
Sheriff Gallagher slammed the response as “not good enough”. Sentence was deferred until May. Burke did not comment last night.
By Neil Greig
I’VE never heard of anyone driving without a licence and deliberately misleading the authorities for so long — it’s just bizarre.
Her insurance wouldn’t have been valid, so if she’d been involved in a crash it could have caused all sorts of problems for the other driver.
Although she stayed out of trouble it’s good she’s been caught at last.
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