Police couldn’t believe it when they pulled over a motorist to discover he had been driving without a licence for 72 years, since he was 12.
The elderly driver admitted he had been driving cars since the 1950s without a licence or insurance and had never had an accident in all those years.
The man, aged in his 80s, was stopped by cops driving a blue Mini next to Tesco Extra in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire., on Wednesday evening (Wednesday, January 26).
The driver, who was unsteady on his feet and hard of hearing, told officers he was born in 1938 and had been driving with no licence since he was 12 years-old.
Nottinghamshire Police’s took to social media to share details of the bizarre call-out after the man was finally caught after seven decades.
The force’s City North Operation Reacher team wrote: “The City North OP Reacher team are out on pro-active patrols in Sherwood and Carrington this evening.
“An early inquiry by The Bearded Boss over in Bulwell, found him pulling over this Mini One next to Tesco Extra.
“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 (yes TWELVE) years old…..and somehow had managed to never be stopped by the police. We’ll let you do the maths!!
“Thankfully he had never had an accident, caused anyone an injury, and never made anyone lose out financially, by hitting them whilst uninsured!
“Due to the increased number of ANPR camera’s in Nottingham, even on the small trips, you are likely to hit a camera, so make sure your documents are in order…..because it will catch up with you…..one day…..”
Web users commented on the post with many questioning if seven decades of driving without a licence was a record.
One person said: “Talk about pushing your luck. That has got be some sort of record surely?”
Another put: “How has he got away with that, can’t be too many people who have been driving longer than that without a licence. Rather dangerous but I strangely admire him. “
A third added: “Awww give him some luv my Dad was same born in 1931 did 70,000 miles a year for over 50 years no accidents apart from a cow that ran in front of him, be gentle with ode folk”
The force then replied: “We were gentle with him. however, 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’.”