Mini driver foiled over crime lasting 71 YEARS: ‘Can’t believe it’

·News Reporter
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A Mini driver’s ruse is up after police said he was nabbed driving without a licence for more than 70 years.

Police in Nottingham, England, wrote on Facebook they pulled the man over outside a supermarket on Wednesday.

“We can't quite believe what happened next, as the driver, who was born in 1938, coughed that he had been driving with no licence and no insurance, since he was 12 years old,” police wrote.

“Somehow had managed to never be stopped by the police.”

A blue Mini is pictured parked in Nottingham, England.
The driver of this Mini told police he has been driving without a licence for more than 70 years. Source: Bulwell, Rise Park and Highbury Vale Police

Being born in 1938 would make the man either 83 or 84 years old.

Given he's been driving since he was 12, which would have been in 1950, the man has been behind the wheel illegally for 71 years.

“Thankfully he had never had an accident, caused anyone an injury, and never made anyone lose out financially, by hitting them whilst uninsured!” police wrote.

It’s not known exactly what punishment police handed down to the man.

Police wrote they were “gentle with him”.

“This chap was hard of hearing, his reactions were poor and he was very unsteady on his feet. He was potentially not safe driving now, even if he was 'road legal',” police wrote.

They also noted with an increase of cameras in the area ,which can identify drivers and licence plates, it’s likely anyone driving without the proper documents will get caught.

On Facebook, people questioned how the octogenarian got away with driving illegally for seven decades.

“Was he driving invisible all the time for 70 years?” one man wrote.

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