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Motorist who back-chatted police officer fined £250 for undertaking

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: June 09, 2013

A CHEEKY motorist who undertook a car was asked by police if she drove like that in her driving test – and replied: “Of course not, I wouldn’t have passed”.

Claire Tomlin, of Curlew Close, Newquay, was fined £250 by magistrates on Thursday and received seven points on her driving licence.

The 45-year-old was charged with driving without due care and attention, relating to an incident on April 16 at the Carland Cross roundabout on the A30.

She had been driving her Renault Kangoo van westbound from Mitchell and undertook a farm tractor on the approach to the roundabout.

Tomlin is then said to have undertaken another car, the driver of which was forced to change direction to avoid a collision with her van.

A police officer stopped her and asked for an explanation.

Documents made available by Truro Magistrates’ Court reveal she said: “I didn't think I’d done anything wrong. Is this because I undertook the tractor?”

The officer then asked “did you drive like that on your driving test?”, to which she replied, “Of course not because I wouldn't have passed”.

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